Falcon International Reservoir

International U.S.–Mexico; Texas’ share of conservation capacity is 58.6 percent

Lake Measurements

Surface Area (in acres)
Storage Capacity (in acre-feet)

Belongs to

Falcon International Reservoir is part of or belongs to the following places.

Lake Maintained or Owned by

International Boundary and Water Commission

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Date of Origin

1954 69 years ago

Currently Exists


Place type

Falcon International Reservoir is classified as a Lake


  • Flood Control
  • Recreation
  • Power generation
  • Municipal water supply
  • Irrigation
  • Industry

Associated Names

  • [Falcon Lake]

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Handbook of Texas

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas , a digital state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records

International Falcon Reservoir is located on the Rio Grande east of Zapata (its center point is 26°34' N, 99°10' W). The huge lake is bounded by Starr and Zapata counties, Texas, and the county and city of Nuevo Ciudad Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The dam and reservoir provide for water conservation, flood control, hydroelectric energy, and recreation. The project is owned, authorized, and operated by the United States and Mexico through the International Boundary and Water Commission. The project is named for the relocated town of Falcon, which in turn was renamed in 1915 after the wife of founder José Eugenio Ramírez, María Rita de la Garza Falcón.

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