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A T-37 "Tweetybird" from the 85th Flying Training Squadron, flies over Amistad Reservoir during a training mission.
Amistad Reservoir is a reservoir on the Rio Grandemarker at its confluence with the Devils River 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Del Riomarker, Texasmarker, USAmarker. The lake is bounded by Val Verde Countymarker on the Texas side of the international border, and the state of Coahuilamarker on the Mexican side of the border. The reservoir was formed in November, 1969 by the construction of Amistad Dam to provide flood control, water conservation, irrigation, hydroelectric power, and recreation to the area. The dam and lake are managed jointly by the governments of the United States and Mexico through the International Boundary and Water Commission. The name of the dam and lake is the Spanish word for "friendship". The lake is also referred to as Lake Amistad.

Fish and plant life

Amistad Reservoir is filled with species of fish intended to improve the utility of the reservoir for recreational fishing. Fish present in Amistad Reservoir include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, Guadalupe bass, and catfish. Amistad Gambusia was eliminated in the wild when construction of the Amistad Reservoir in 1968 submerged its habitat under approximately of water from the rio grande river.

Recreational uses

The scenic beauty of Lake Amistad

Bridge over Lake Amistad

Amistad National Recreation Areamarker includes the land area around the Amistad Reservoir on the Texas side of the lake. The lake provides year-round, water-based recreation opportunities, including boating, fishing, swimming, scuba diving and water-skiing, as well as other recreational opportunities for picnicking, camping, and hunting. The area is rich in archeology and rock art, and contains a wide variety of plant and animal life. It is also near the flight path of USAF trainers.

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