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Southwinds Marina & RV Park, TX

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Southwinds Marina & RV Park, operated by Laughlin AFB, is located about 12 miles northwest of Del Rio, TX, just off US-90. The facility has a small marina and boat ramp, along with 20 RV spaces, 4 tent spaces and 4 small cabins. Note that use is restricted to military personnel only.

830-775-7800

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Check-in is at the marina office down by the boat ramp. At the time of our visit, the office was closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Date of visit: Dec 2011

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We chose one of the 5 less-expensive sites that have only water and electric hookups. Site 5 is beside the road down to the boat ramp and offers a good view of the lake as well as the Union Pacific RR mainline. Lots of trains, but far enough away that their noise is minimal.

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The lower area has the 5 W/E-only sites.

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Sites 6-20 are aligned in a straight row, fairly close together and surrounded by gravel. The pads themselves are paved. These sites offer FHU's.

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The bathhouse is pretty spartan, but offers nice hot showers. It was not exactly hot inside and the showers hadn't had a good scrubbing in quite a while. The sinks and toilets are accessible to all, but the showers are behind a cypher-locked door.

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These are the four rental cabins.

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There's a large pavilion and a play area for the kids.

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The boat ramp is open to the public as well as military folks.

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A small full-service marina is located in front of the office beside the boat ramp.

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For the railfans, there is a lot of activity on the nearby tracks. Every other day Amtrak's Sunset Limited passes by, eastbound in the evening and westbound in the morning.

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And there are lots of freight trains, mostly container trains. Most have a couple of locomotives on the front and a pusher on the back, but this one had six locomotives up front.

Amenities

15 sites W/E(30/50)/S - $15/day, $72/week

5 sites W/E(30/50) - $10/day, $50/week

4 tent sites - $7

4 cabins - $35

Dump station, showers

Verizon Broadband Access (EVDO) service

Coord: 29.47131 N, 101.03661 W