Bureau of Land Management National Park Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Forest Service

Rio de la Mina River, Puerto Rico

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Managing Agency:

U.S. Forest Service, Caribbean National Forest


Designated Reach:

December 19, 2002. From its headwaters to its confluence with the Rio Mameyes.


Classification/Mileage:

Scenic — 1.2 miles; Recreational — 0.9 miles; Total — 2.1 miles.

Rio de la Mina

Rio de la Mina

The Rio de la Mina, from its headwaters elevation at 2,408 feet (734 meters) to the confluence with the Rio Mameyes at 820 feet (250 meters), is strewn with boulders of various sizes, forming many rapids, waterfalls and frequent pools. La Mina Falls is located at the midway point of the stream at elevation 1,640 (500 meters) and is located where La Mina Trail and Big Tree Trail connect. The Rio de la Mina is part of the Mameyes Watershed; the Rio de la Mina sub-watershed covers an area of 2.7 square miles which equals 6.1% of the forest. The river provides habitat for shrimp, and Puerto Rican parrots can be glimpsed at times feeding on palm fruit along the river.