View Full Version : Lake Amistad at Historical Low (pics)

05-06-2013, 10:44 AM
Check out these 3 images of Lake Amistad along the Rio Grande River out in Val Verde County. After Hurricane Alex flooded the Rio Grande in 2010 the Lake rose to around 1130 ft in July of 2010. Almost 3 years later, the lake has dropped nearly 75 ft to its current record low pool of 1056 ft.

"We are deeply concerned about Amistad’s record low levels, but we are even more concerned about the severe impacts that Mexico’s refusal to meet its obligations under the 1944 Water Treaty is having, not only on Amistad, but on the entire middle and lower Rio Grande Valley,” said Carlos Rubinstein, commissioner for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The dam gates are still open on the Mexican side letting out 18 inches of water a day.... I hope they stop soon or we won't have any boat ramps open. As of today, only TWO of the EIGHT boat ramps are still operational. Sad stuff down here....


05-06-2013, 11:48 AM
woow thats bad

05-06-2013, 12:42 PM
I'm afraid I may be in the same boat before to long. almost 10 ft low now which don't sound bad compared but when the docks are out of the water and the trees are beginning to show it can make for a bad season. it's usually August/September before lake belton looks like this

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05-06-2013, 12:56 PM
That stinks for you guys. Hope it swings back the other way for you soon.

GA was in a drought a few years back. Freaked everyone out. This past weekend it rained 3+ inches around metro ATL and Lanier is not over 2ft above full pool and we had flood warnings all over yesterday.

05-06-2013, 12:59 PM

You may need to head north. Our little lake here in Ennis is still in good shape with pretty low traffic. Great place to board and or surf.


05-06-2013, 07:41 PM
Yea it's a little scary now if you get off the main channel. There are little rock islands all over the place. My dad was here fishing a couple weeks ago and he was about 100 yards from the bank and had just come back down to an idle with the motor still in gear when all of a sudden... KRAKKKK!!! He turned the engine off looked down, saw rocks, lifted the motor up and sure enough it knocked about an inch and a half off the bottom fin of the lower unit!!!

05-06-2013, 11:06 PM
courtesy dock not being very courteous.


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05-06-2013, 11:11 PM
I feel for you guys. Up here our season is shorter but we don't tend to have the swings like that.

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05-07-2013, 08:19 AM
^that's cause the lakes are all 10ft deep :)
if they swung 3ft, they would be empty...

05-07-2013, 09:22 PM
^that's cause the lakes are all 10ft deep :)
if they swung 3ft, they would be empty...

you joke about that but in 2011 we had a bad drought and our lake lost 4 ft, he is a picture of it at 3 1/2 ft low...

http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m523/rdlangston13/f77d74ac.jpg (http://s1130.photobucket.com/user/rdlangston13/media/f77d74ac.jpg.html)

http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m523/rdlangston13/c0492de6.jpg (http://s1130.photobucket.com/user/rdlangston13/media/c0492de6.jpg.html)

http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m523/rdlangston13/5913f64e.jpg (http://s1130.photobucket.com/user/rdlangston13/media/5913f64e.jpg.html)

and there were only 2 boat ramps open on the whole lake when it was this low, and we are talking and 82,000 acre lake, 2nd biggest in Texas...

05-08-2013, 08:52 AM
coming from an area where the average lake depth is 150+ft, it's going to be hard to get used to shallow lakes. my old home lake would drop 80ft in the fall and (hopefully)rebound in the spring. if it didn't all the way, you still had a 100+ft deep lake to boat on. it's amazing to see the lake south of me that's 25miles long, 5miles wide and only 25ft deep in the middle. it would do the same thing if it was down 4-6ft.

different area of the country brings different water..