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The Pánuco River ( ) is a river in Mexicomarker that flows from the River Moctezuma in the Valley of Mexicomarker to the Gulf of Mexicomarker.

At its source, it serves as a channel for water-drainage for Mexico Citymarker. From there, it becomes the state border between Hidalgomarker and Querétaromarker as it moves towards San Luis Potosímarker. It takes the name Río Pánuco upon reaching Veracruz. It empties into the Gulf at Tampicomarker and Ciudad Maderomarker, on the border between the states of Tamaulipasmarker and Veracruzmarker.

It is approximately 500 km in length but only the last 15 km is navigable for larger ships.

The Pánuco and its tributaries drain portions of the states of Tamaulipasmarker, San Luis Potosímarker, Guanajuatomarker, Querétaro, Hidalgo, Mexicomarker, Pueblamarker, and Veracruzmarker.

According to the Atlas of Mexico, the Panuco River is the fourth largest river in Mexico by volume of runoff, and the sixth largest river basin in Mexico by area.

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