December 17, 2009
On a weekday in the winter, the Lake Amistad campground (and the lake itself) is very quiet and peaceful. The campsites are level, with concrete pads. In the lower five back-in sites (where we stayed), the water hookup is on the "wrong" side of the pad, but still close enough for a normal 25 foot hookup hose. The bath house is clean and adequate. The toilet part is open, but the showers are behind a cypher locked door, the combination for which is available at the office or from the camp host when you check in. The laundry has a different combination for its door. As for the laundry, the machines are old and beat-up and leaky. Another reviewer below mentioned the leaks, but a woman in the laundry room (apparently a long-time regular here) said that they've been leaky for years. The whole laundry could use some new equipment and maintenance. There are a few minor snack items and bagged ice for sale at the office, but if you need to do any serious resupply, you'll have to go to Del Rio, Texas about 10 miles down the road. The rental boats are engine-powered only...no canoes or kayaks. The cheapest one is $13.50 per HOUR. Happily for us, the dreaded Texas wind wasn't blowing, so we spent a pleasant afternoon hiking the shoreline, watching and photographing the abundant wildlife, the sunset, and generally enjoying ourselves. With the mild winter weather, this is a great place to spend some time (but then we like the quiet and the critters). For Sprint Broadband card users, we had excellent 3G EVDO signal for internet access.