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stay at Devils River State Natural Area.)
Also along this stretch, boaters get a
clear view of one of Amistad's most cher-
ished treasures-prehistoric pictographs
painted in rock shelters poised high on
the cliff faces.
I took up the topic with Joe Labadie
during our boat tour. Turns out, people
have come here for thousands of years
for the same reason they still come-a
perpetual source of good water in an oth-
erwise arid environment. En route to
Amistad's most famous rock-art site,
Panther Cave, Joe explained that "The
three rivers of Amistad served as an
ancient interstate highway for hunter-
gatherers who passed through. They
could sustain life here."
Joe eased the boat into Seminole
Canyon and docked at the base of a high
cliff. We climbed steep metal stairs to the
"cave," actually a vaulted rock shelter
washed out of the limestone wall millen-
nia ago. There, we marveled at the site's
nine-foot namesake figure, which resem-
bles a mountain lion or panther. "This
shelter has more than 800 images, paint-
ed about 4,000 years ago," Joe said.
"I've been here hundreds of times, and
I'm still awed by the sight."
(Parida Cave, another popular Am-
istad rock-art site, lies just upstream
from Panther Cave where the Pecos
River enters the Rio Grande.)
Joe had one more spot to show me.
We stopped near a large buoy at the site
r S S ential s LAKE AMISTAD
( DEL RIO is on US 90 approximately 150 miles
west of San Antonio. Lake Amistad is 10 miles
west of Del Rio on US 90. Unless noted, the
area code is 830.
For city and area information, contact the
Del Rio Chamber of Commerce Tourism and
Conventions Dept., 1915 Veterans Blvd.,
78840; 775-3551 or 800/889-8149; www.
The visitor center of Amistad National Recreation
Area (775-7491; open daily 8-5) is 10 miles
west of Del Rio on US 90. (The National Recreation
Area comprises the U.S. side of Lake Amistad.)
The third Sat. of each month at 7:30 p.m., the
center offers free interpretive programs on nature,
history, and archeology. It also offers free Bird
Walks at 8 a.m. each third Sat. (Sep-May). Admis-
sion to the recreation area is free, but there are
camping fees. Lake permits are required for motor-
ized boats and fishing (boating and fishing in Mexi-
can waters require separate permits, also avail-
able on the U.S. side at Amistad Marine, 775-
0878). Hiking is permitted throughout the NRA,
with maps and books available at the visitor center.
On Tue. and Sat., the NRA offers interpretive pro-
grams for passengers aboard Amtrak's Sunset
Limited train between Del Rio and Sanderson.
Parking, restrooms, and camping are wheelchair
accessible. For information and maps, write to
Amistad NRA, HCR 3, Box 5J, US 90 W, Del Rio
78840-9350; 775-7491; www.nps.gov/amis.
of Goodenough Springs. Before it was
inundated by Amistad, the artesian
spring was Texas' third-largest, flowing
with enough force in the early 1900s
to power a waterwheel that pumped irri-
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Wade fishing is popular beneath the US 277/US 377 bridge in San Pedro Canyon. Anglers especial-
ly appreciate Lake Amistad's plentiful bass and catfish.
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Houseboat and motorboat rentals and marina
services are available at Lake Amistad Resort
& Marina (774-4157; www.foreverresorts.com).
Motorboat rentals and marina services are
also available at Rough Canyon Marina (775-
8779). You can rent kayaks and canoes (and
mobile homes) at Ruthie's Rentals (774-5377;
www.ruthiesatamistad.com). For information
on Devils River State Natural Area, call 830/
395-2133; for reservations, call 512/389-8900;
UPCOMING- E/ NTHS
Oct. 2-3, Pro Team Tournament Trail Open,
Lake Amistad, 806/374-5096
Oct. 15-16, Fourth Annual Val Verde County
Archeology Fair, 10-3, Whitehead Memorial
Museum, 1308 S. Main St., Del Rio (775-7568)
Oct. 22-24, Fiesta de Amistad (see sidebar,
gation water dozens of feet to the top of
the adjacent bluff. Goodenough still
flows an incredible 65 million gallons of
artesian water a day into Amistad. Joe
and I stared in wonder as the surface
actually bubbled from the force of the
spring 90 feet below.
As we headed back toward Diablo
East, I pondered the marvels of Lake
Amistad-seen and unseen. Crystal
springs. Mysterious ancient rock art. Fine
fishing, boating, and diving. Dramatic
shoreline camping, wide-open hiking,
birding, and even butterflies. Indeed,
natural surprises run deep at this rec-
reational oasis on the Texas-Mexico
RANDY MALLORY of Tyler also wrote and
photographed the story on Winnsboro's Au-
tumn Trails, which begins on page 14.
Photographer BLAKE TRESTER is a park
ranger at Amistad National Recreation Area.
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