The Del Rio Chamber of
Commerce is at 1915 Avenue F. 830-775-3551. Check with them for
walking and driving tours of Del Rio, and information on crossing
the border to Ciudad Acuna.
The bridge to Acuna is nearly 3 miles from Del Rio, but all day
parking is available at reasonable rates on the U.S. side.
CIUDAD ACUNA has a population of nearly 120,000 but is
surprisingly clean and tranquil compared to other border towns.
The Dam at
Amistad is a good photo opportunity for the magnificent twin
eagle statues (fraternal not identical).
The big attraction of
Lake Amistad. With 1000 miles of shoreline and 65,000 acres,
this is one lake in Texas (and Mexico) that is not over-fished.
Amistad offers swimming, boating and even scuba diving.
Managed by the National Park Service, the headquarters is on Hwy 90
just west of the city limits. The U.S. side has 3 marinas with one
reserved for Air Force personnel. The Mexican side has a marina and
a Mexican fishing license is required if you fish that side, but it
is sold at the U.S. marinas as well.
The U.S. Park
Service and U.S. Border Patrol have a strong presence in Lake
Amistad. In fact, Lake Amistad is the first to have the U.S.
Border Patrol and National Park Service joined operations. The
Park Service and Border Patrol's Lake Task Force operate out of
the same building which is located overlooking Lake Amistad
(International Amistad Reservoir). This location gives the
Agencies a vantage point that offers shorter travel distances
and quicker response time for Rangers and Border Patrol agents
Memo from the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce
Del Rio Chamber of Commerce For
Contact: Al Arreola Jr,
Executive Director, Del Rio Chamber of Commerce
The Del Rio
Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum on Thursday, June 17th, in
which the Border Patrol, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and National
Park Service discussed safety at Lake Amistad. These agencies
maintain through their joint efforts they have been able to keep
Lake Amistad one of the safest lakes in Texas. Recent
developments at nearby Lake Falcon, have contributed to a
decline in tourism and recreation due to concerns related to
violence along the border.
Amistad’s proximity to the border, the Border Patrol asserted
that their presence is a significant contributing factor
deterring illegal activity from Mexico. Rob Finely, Director of
Marine Operations for the Border Patrol said, “One of the goals
of the National Border Patrol Strategy is to apprehend
terrorists and terrorist weapons illegally entering the United
States and, also included within that strategy is to apprehend
and deter smugglers of human, drugs and other contraband. We
have agents dedicated to patrolling nothing but the lake 24/7 to
ensure the security of the lake, the community and the
Warden Marco Alvizo of the Texas Parks & Wildlife discussed how
state funds approved through the Texas Legislature have been of
a great benefit to Lake Amistad. Captain Alvizo said, “We have
been able to hire up to 4 more State Game Wardens to help
protect our citizens and tourist out at Lake Amistad.” Alan Cox,
Superintendent of the National Park Service, asserts that
despite a decrease in visitors to Lake Amistad, there has been a
5% increase in bass fishing tournaments and a 25% increase in
boat rentals. “These numbers indicate tourist have a great faith
in our law enforcement, and it is my assumption visitations have
decreased as many Del Rioans are going out of town during these
summer vacation months,” said Cox. Despite any stigmas which may
be associated with issues in Mexico, Lake Amistad has yet to see
any direct impact nor has their been any boating fatalities for
the past 5 years.