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Rio Grande

 
Length: 1885 miles (3,034 kilometers)

The Rio Grande River - rising in SW Colo. in the San Juan Mountains and flowing south through the middle of New Mexico, past Albuquerque, then coursing generally southeast as the border between Texas and Mexico, making a big bend, and eventually emptying into the Gulf of Mexico at Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico. Other paired towns along the river are Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, and Juárez, Mexico. The river, known in Mexico as Río Bravo del Norte, is unnavigable except near its mouth, but is now often reduced to a trickle there by drought and the drawing off of water upstream. 1


RIO GRANDE LAKES
An oasis in the desert, Amistad National Recreation Area consists of the U.S. portion of the International Amistad Reservoir. Amistad, whose name comes from the Spanish word meaning friendship, is best known for excellent water-based recreation, camping, hiking, rock art viewing, and it's rich cultural history. Amistad is also home to a wide vari...
    Full Pool: 1,117.0 MSL     Area: 32,068 Acres

Falcon International Reservoir, commonly called Falcon Lake, is located on the Rio Grande, southeast of Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The huge lake is bounded by the Texas-Mexico border. The reservoir was formed by the construction of the Falcon Dam to provide water conservation, irrigation, flood control, and hydroelectricity to the area...
    Full Pool: 301.2 MSL     Area: 83,654 Acres