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About Falcon Lake
People say that everything is bigger in Texas, and once you visit this 98,960-acre International Falcon Reservoir, you will quickly see why. More casually known as Falcon Lake, this reservoir on the Rio Grande is located 40 miles southeast of Laredo, Texas. This huge lake was formed by the Falcon Dam which provides water for water conservation, irrigation, flood control, and hydroelectricity. Although it sounds super official, it is really just a beautiful lake providing a multitude of outdoor activities like fishing, camping, swimming, water skiing, and boating. Sounds like a perfect vacation, doesn't it? The Falcon dam, a joint effort by the United States and Mexico, was dedicated in October 1953 by Mexican President Adolfo Ruiz Cortines and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The lake itself is named after María Rita de la Garza Falcón, the wife of Jose Eugenio, the founder of the town of Zapata. While some of the Falcon State Park lies in Mexico territory, Americans are free to visit both sides without going through immigration or customs.
Things to do in Falcon Lake
Falcon Lake is famous for its monster bass to the point that fisherman from not just Texas, but all over the world, travel here at the chance to catch them. Other fish such as crappie, catfish, and channel catfish have also been added to the reservoir to encourage recreation and tourism. Falcon Lake isn't all about watersports though. Texas wild olive, Mexican oregano, hibiscus, mesquite thickets, huisache, and prickly pear cactus all grow on the shores of the lake. The 572-acre Falcon State Park is also home to greater roadrunners, collared peccaries, white-tailed deer and black-tailed jackrabbits, so don't forget your camera! When you're done fishing, visit the Col Jose Antonio Zapata Museum or the La Paz Museum in San Ygnacio which houses a certified Regional Heritage Resource Center. If you still want to enjoy the great outdoors, hit the Los Ebanos Golf Course.
Day trips from Falcon Lake
Across the Rio Grande and United States/Mexico border is Mexico's third largest city, Monterrey. This economic center has a strong cultural scene, the best nightlife in northern Mexico, and is also known as one of Mexico's most Americanized cities. It also offers world-class museums and adrenaline pumping outdoor sports all amongst a beautiful mountain backdrop. If you're a history buff, be sure to visit the city's historic core and Barrio Antiguo where Monterrey's main cultural attractions are located. On the United States side lies the bustling city of Laredo. There are so many options to keep you entertained that you might not know where to begin. Take in a concert at the Laredo Energy Arena, explore some of the museums in town, or spot some rare birds on one of Laredo’s many birding trails.
Falcon Lake accommodations
The best accommodations for your visit to Falcon Lake are in the quaint town of Zapata. You'll have your choice of traditional hotels or beautiful lakeside lodges. One of the most darling lodges is Lakefront Lodge, located directly on Falcon Lake. They even have their own boat ramp and an RV park if you're bringing your home with you. They also offer comfortable motel rooms, suites, and cabins. For something a little more traditional, you'll feel right at home at the Best Western Inn by the Lake. You'll be right near Falcon lake as well as the historic Spanish village of San Ygnacio.
Transportation in Falcon Lake
Coming south from Laredo, take US-83 until you reach Zapata. It should only take about an hour. If you're coming from Houston or San Antonio, TX-16 will bring you to the lake. If you decide to venture into Mexico The Lake Falcon Dam International Crossing is a bridge across the Rio Grande just south of Falcon Lake. The dam has a two-lane roadway with a border crossing facility. Just remember that it closes at 9pm!