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VERDOLAGA LAKE. Verdolaga Lake is on the Gulf Coast one-third of a mile north of the United States-Mexico border and six miles south of Port Isabel in southeast Cameron County (centered at 25°58' N, 97°12' W). It is surrounded by flat terrain with some sand dunes, surfaced by mud and sand. Laguna Madre envelopes the land surrounding Verdolaga Lake on all sides except to the south. "Verdolaga" is probably a corruption of the Spanish verde lago, which means "green lake." However, the name could also derive from the edible plant purslane, or Verdolaga portulaca oleracea, a member of the goosefoot family.

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Handbook of Texas Online, "Verdolaga Lake," accessed November 18, 2017,

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