10 julio, 2024

The 6 Most Important Rivers of Tamaulipas

Among the main Tamaulipas rivers the Pánuco, the Bravo river, the San Fernando, the San Juan, the Soto la Marina river and the Tamesí river stand out. Another important watercourse is the El Guayalejo river, which delimits the states of Tamaulipas and Veracruz.

Also the Corona River, which flows from the Sierra Madre Oriental and the Pilón River, whose formation is due to the currents that run from the Sierra Madre and Sierra de San Carlos.

The main rivers of Tamaulipas

1- Panuco River

The Pánuco River forms part of the slope of the Gulf of Mexico. Its source is at 3,800 meters above sea level on La Bufa hill, in the state of Mexico.

At this point it is known as the Tepeji or San Jerónimo river. Then it becomes the Tula River, until its confluence with the San Juan River, where it is renamed Moctezuma. In its last stretch, where it meets the Tampaón River, it is called the Pánuco River.

This mighty river, only 120 kilometers long, crosses the states of Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Veracruz and Tamaulipas, until it empties into the gulf near the city of Tampico.

In addition to the San Juan, it receives tributes from the Extóraz, Amajac, Tempoal, Tampaón and Tamesí rivers.

2- Rio Bravo

It is the third longest river in North America, behind the Missouri and the Mississippi, with a length of 3,034 km. It rises in southwestern Colorado, in the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Its main US tributary is the Pecos River.

It is also known by the name of Rio Bravo del Norte and is located on the border of Mexico with the United States, where it is called Rio Grande.

From there it runs in south and southeast directions from the states of Colorado and New Mexico. He arrives at the city of El Paso, in Texas, and marks the border line.

The Rio Grande crosses the Mexican states of Coahuila, Chihuahua, Tamaulipas and Nuevo León, until it flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

It is not a navigable river, as it has a draft of just 18 meters.

3- San Fernando River

Also known as the Conchos River before reaching the territory of Tamaulipas. It is considered one of the main rivers of the state.

Its importance lies in the fact that it divides the state into two halves by crossing it from west to east. In fact, 20% of the state’s territory is drained by the basin of this river.

The San Fernando River is born in the eastern Sierra Madre of the state of Nuevo León and its main tributaries are the Potosí and Linares rivers.

Upon arriving in Tamaulipas, in the municipality of Burgos, it receives its name. Throughout its 400 km long route, it receives water from the San Lorenzo and Radilla rivers, and flows into the Laguna Madre.

4- San Juan River

It is a tributary of the Bravo that passes through the state of Nuevo León and through the territory of Tamaulipas. It is the most important river in Nuevo León as it is the main water source of the El Cuchillo dam.

This river is born in the La Chueca stream, in the Huajuco Valley, municipality of Santiago. Later it is dammed in the Rodrigo Gómez dam (La Boca).

Later, the Santa Catarina, Ramos, Garrapatas and Pilón rivers join it, to later flow into the Rio Grande de Tamaulipas, near Ciudad Camargo.

5- Soto la Marina River

This coastal river belongs to the slope of the Gulf of Mexico and runs through the state of Tamaulipas during its journey of about 416 km. Its basin covers an area of ​​21,183 km² and is navigable in its last 50 km until it reaches the Gulf of Mexico.

Its source is in the Sierra Madre Oriental as a result of the confluence of the Purificación and Corona rivers.

After crossing the northern sierra of Tamaulipas, it continues its course through the Boca de la Iglesia canyon and later runs through the coastal plain, where it receives tribute from the Jiménez stream.

It reaches the town of Soto la Marina, receives its contribution from the Las Palmas stream and flows into the Madre lagoon of the Gulf of Mexico.

6- River Tamesí

This river is a tributary of the Pánuco River in its lower course, which crosses part of southern Tamaulipas.

It was born in the municipality of Palmillas where it received the name of Chihue; then it passes through the remaining municipalities of Jaumave, Llera, Mante, González, Altamira and Tampico.

Upon reaching the municipality of González it is called Tamesí and it is 150 km long. It serves as the border line between the states of Veracruz and Tamaulipas. It is navigable with boats and barges.


Saint Ferdinand. Consulted from tamaulipas.gob.mx
San Fernando River. Consulted from es.wikipedia.org
Tamaulipas. Consulted from inafed.gob.mx
Mexico The Geography (1994)- Conlon Silva and Wilson. Recovered from esacademic.com

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