Aguán River

The Aguán River (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈɣwan]); also commonly known by its Spanish name, Rio Aguán) is a river in Honduras. It rises in the Yoro region to the west of San Lorenzo and briefly runs south before turning east-northeast, passing San Lorenzo, Olanchito and Tocoa before entering the Caribbean Sea east of Puerto Castilla.

Aguán River
Rio Aguan.jpg
Aguán River is located in Honduras
Aguán River
Location of the mouth
Physical characteristics
 • locationYoro
 • location
 • coordinates
15°52′19″N 85°37′47″W / 15.87194°N 85.62972°W / 15.87194; -85.62972Coordinates: 15°52′19″N 85°37′47″W / 15.87194°N 85.62972°W / 15.87194; -85.62972
Length240 km (150 mi)
 • average140 m3/s (4,900 cu ft/s)

The river is 240 kilometres (150 mi) long. In 1998 Hurricane Mitch caused to the river to burst its banks at several points along its length. The maximal discharge at Sabá was estimated at almost 20,000 cubic metres per second (710,000 cu ft/s). The village of Santa Rosa de Aguán was washed away by the river, causing dozens of deaths.[1]

The Aguán River's watershed is one of seven watersheds in Honduras,[2] and covers over 1 million hectares (3,900 sq mi), of which around 200,000 are in the Aguán River Valley.[3] The Aguán River Valley includes the major agricultural area of Bajo Aguán.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ *Hurricane Mitch in Central America, Retrieved 23 April 2005 from Archived 2005-05-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "USGS - Water Resources of Honduras - Aguan". Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  3. ^ Jeffrey R. Jones, Colonization and Environment: Land Settlement Projects in Central America, The United Nations University Press, 1990