Most people assume Falcon Lake is named after the bird. No so. The lake got its name from the village of Falcon that’s now under water. The village was founded by Jose Eugenio Ramirez, who named it after his wife, Maria Rita de la Garza Falcon.
The official name of the lake is Falcon International Reservoir. Almost two miles of the dam that hold back the Rio Grande are in the United States, and nearly three miles are in Mexico.
Some Elite pros are casting above underwater towns. Like the old village of Falcon, Zapata was relocated when the reservoir was filled. Our host community, “new” Zapata, is planning a commemoration, Zapata Rising, timed to hit the 60-year mark of the reservoir’s dedication in October 1953.