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Lake Ament - Christmas Mountan Range

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Offline Moose

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Lake Ament - Christmas Mountan Range
« on: October 16, 2019, 06:38:40 PM »

Researching for my Nov. trip to the area and I see 5 covered picnic tables at Lake Ament.     
Question#1....Is this a legal public spot to visit, eat lunch maybe and walk to the lake ?     
Question#2....Is a permit required from Terlingua Ranch Lodge to be legal ?

My intention is photography and maybe a time lapse video.  I am just a visitor to the area so I want to be legal in my
travels and not disrespect locals.

RH

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Re: Lake Ament - Christmas Mountan Range
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2019, 11:57:01 PM »

Researching for my Nov. trip to the area and I see 5 covered picnic tables at Lake Ament.     
Question#1....Is this a legal public spot to visit, eat lunch maybe and walk to the lake ?     
Question#2....Is a permit required from Terlingua Ranch Lodge to be legal ?

Lake Ament is state property (TX State Univ)...part of the Christmas Mountain holding for which TR administers access. According to TSU, the area is "...open to the public...."

See https://www.tsus.edu/about-tsus/research/christmas-mountains.html

Also, the TR website at https://terlinguaranch.com/christmas-mountains/ references allowable activities via permit, but does not specifically mention Lake Ament.

There is no fee for access, but a $75 key deposit to drive up the mountain. So, presumably, you'd need a permit for Lake Ament, but as there's no gate involved it would be a paperwork exercise.

Your best bet is to call TR.
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Re: Lake Ament - Christmas Mountan Range
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2019, 12:02:42 AM »
Curious minds want to know more about this lake.  Is it natural, man-made, does it hold water, etc???
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Lake Ament - Christmas Mountan Range
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2019, 01:35:23 AM »
Curious minds want to know more about this lake.  Is it natural, man-made, does it hold water, etc???

It's a concrete/masonry dam.

See it at 29.452875, -103.492093

Google shows it holding water.

When I stopped at it 15 or so years ago, it was bone dry.

It's about 120' across the crest and about 25' tall.

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Presumably, there is a seep or spring at the location, as building a catchment for irregular rain runoff wouldn't make much sense (and if solely for runoff, these things would be much more widespread as there's lots of places to catch ephemeral water).
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Lake Ament - Christmas Mountan Range
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2019, 04:59:23 PM »
I was curious enough to google Lake Ament.  Itís mildly interesting!


https://cmoasis.blogspot.com/2018/06/lake-ament.html?m=1

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Re: Lake Ament - Christmas Mountan Range
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2019, 05:52:17 AM »
Here's a pano I took of the ghost lake last year along with an outline of approximately where the water was located in its heyday. The dam hasn't been functional in many years.



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