Starr, Zapata
South Texas Plains
Falcon International Reservoir
Falcon International Reservoir Information:
The Falcon Reservoir is in the South Texas Counties of Starr and Zapata, and in Mexico. The 150 foot tall dam is 30 miles southeast of Zapata, Texas, and 80 miles southeast of Laredo, Texas. The lake was impounded on the Rio Grande River in 1954. One of the largest lakes in Texas, it has a surface area of 78,300 acres at normal water levels, and a maximum depth of 110 feet. The lake is famous for its big catfish and black bass. There are some issues with overfishing by Mexican fisherman which reduced the striped bass to almost zero, and have sharply reduced the populations of crappie and white bass. TPWD has been stocking the lake with white bass. Flathead catfish are good in the river holes in late fall, especially at night. Catfish has replaced the striped bass as the secondary fish (good eating) and 60 to 80 pound catfish are not unusual, though they are less prevalent than in the past. Good fishing is also available at Sugar Lake, Las Blancas Lake and Ell Cuchillo Lake in Mexico. Falcon State Park features a boat ramp, campsites and other amenities. Many arrowheads left by Native Americans thousands of years ago may be found along the lake areas. The lake is located southeast of Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. It is jointly managed by the United States and Mexico through the International Boundary and Water Commission. From Laredo, take U.S. 83 South 2 miles through Falcon. Go west on FM 2098; travel through Falcon Heights. Go left on Park Road 46 to the Falcon State Park headquarters.
Falcon International Reservoir Location Map
Falcon International Reservoir TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
Current Falcon International Reservoir Lake Level
Falcon State Park Facilities Map
Towns Inundated by the Impoundment of Falcon Reservoir:
Towns inundated include Ciudad Guerrero, Old Zapata, Ramireno, Uribeno, Lopeno, Clareno and Falcon.The town of San Ygnacio was included on the list of towns to be destroyed but the citizens petitioned to have their town removed from the list because it was high enough to escape the floodwaters; the town was spared.  
Rio Grande River:
The Rio Grande rises 12,000 feet above sea level in the Rio Grande National Forest in Colorado as a clear, spring and snow-fed mountain stream. The river cuts through the middle of New Mexico to the sites of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez at the junction of Chihuahua, Mexico and Texas. At that point, because of the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which terminated the Mexican War, the Rio Grande became the international boundary between the United States and Mexico. It forms the western or southern borders of El Paso, Hudspeth, Presidio, Brewster (where the river's sweeping curve gives Big Bend National Park its name), Terrell, Val Verde, Kinney, Maverick, Webb, Zapata, Starr, Hidalgo, and Cameron Counties. The river empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The river has many large and small tributaries including the Pecos and Devils Rivers which enter the Rio Grande at the Amistad Reservoir northwest of Del Rio, Texas. At El Paso the Rio Grande caused friction in the 1870s, when the river bit deep into the banks of Mexico and gradually transferred land to the United States. The famous Chamizal Dispute was not settled until 1963, when 437 acres was ceded from downtown El Paso to Mexico. The agreement economically strengthened both cities. The international border at the two cities is now lined with concrete so that the river will never again shift its channel. In Mexico the river is known as the Rio Bravo del Norte, or Rio Bravo.  Fish Stocking History
Directions to Falcon State Park:
From Laredo:
Take U.S. 83 South 2 miles through Falcon. Go west on FM 2098; travel through Falcon Heights. Go left on Park Road 46 to the Falcon State Park headquarters.
From Roma:
Take U.S. 83 North. Turn left on FM 2098. Continue to Park Road 46; turn left and continue to Falcon State Park. FALCON HEIGHTS is located on FM 2098. FALCON is located on U.S. 83 BEFORE THE PARK FROM ZAPATA.