Outdoor Attractions in Del Rio, TX
Dull moments? They rarely occur in the outdoors of Del Rio and its surrounding settings, with many of the outdoor recreational activities drawing upon the city's natural beauty.
Lake Amistad and Lake Amistad Guide Service
Lake Amistad is one of the largest, clearest lakes in Texas and part of Amistad Recreation Area that is managed by the National Parks Service. The word Amistad is Spanish for friendship, and the lake is known for its camping, hiking and fishing – everything from largemouth bass to Mexican tetra. A top outfitter in the area is Lake Amistad Guide Service, which provides fishing and hunting packages, along with tours of the Del Rio scenic region.
Devils River State Natural Area and Devils River Outfitters
Devils River State Natural Area spans 37,000 acres, with the river fed by numerous springs. The river’s waters traverse ridges, canyons and along grassy banks, and the entire state natural area is primitive and isolated. A local tour service is Devils River Outfitters, which has canoe and kayak rentals, shuttle services, gear and guided fishing trips. Visitors to the state natural area should bring their own food and be prepared for a rugged outdoor experience.
Del Rio has several parks and facilities that have been renovated in recent years; Carranza Park and Onslow Park both upgraded their pavilions, bathrooms and playground equipment. The 14th Street Park has new playground equipment and a full skate park, and Moore Park Pool added a new pool floor and various other improvements. Buena Vista Park & Pool received renovations to its pavilion and bathrooms, and that park is now connected to Del Rio Lions Park by a new Northside Walking Trail along Agarita Drive. The two-mile paved trail is for walking, running and biking, and it has a playground set and drinking fountain.
For golfers, San Felipe Country Club is a nine-hole public course that also has a swimming pool, tennis courts and on-site restaurant, while Leaning Pines Golf Course is a nine-hole public venue at Laughlin Air Force Base that is managed by the U.S. Air Force Services Agency. San Felipe spans 3,000 yards, and Leaning Pines stretches 3,200 yards. Both play at a par 36.
San Felipe Creek and Horseshoe Park
San Felipe Creek originates from spring-fed headwaters three miles northeast of downtown Del Rio, and the creek flows for nine miles through the city’s center. Horseshoe Park provides areas to swim, fish or relax along the shores of San Felipe Creek, and the shoreline banks are shallow enough for children to stand, as well as swim short laps.
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