Agusan River

Butuan City, Agusan del Norte

Agusan River is a river located in the eastern part of Mindanao island in the Philippines, draining majority of the Caraga Region and some parts of Compostela Valley province. It is the third largest river basin of the Philippines with a total drainage area of 10,921 km² and an estimated length of 350 kilometers from its origin. The headwaters of the river is found in the mountains of Compostela ...

Valley, near its border with Davao Oriental and east of Tagum City. It flows through the wide Agusan River valley which measures 177 kilometers (110 mi) from south to north and varies from 32-48 kilometers (20??"30 miles) in width. It finally drains into the Butuan Bay at its mouth in Butuan City. The river is also the third longest river in the Philippines.

One of the prominent features in the Agusan River basin is the presence of the Agusan Marsh covering a total area of 19,197 hectares. The marsh serves a flood retention basin for the Agusan River, cutting the high discharge of water causing flash floods in the lower reaches of the river. Aside from that, the marsh harbors unique and pristine habitats like the sago and peat swamps forest and is a home to endangered and endemic flora and fauna. As a consequence, it was declared by former President Fidel V. Ramos as a wildlife sanctuary in 1996.

Agusan River Basin News

  • Agusan River 9 Others Eyed As Eco-tourism Sites

    Agusan River 9 Others Eyed As Eco-tourism Sites

    Ten major rivers in the region are being eyed as eco-tourism sites in a bid to promote inclusive growth for communities located near the waterways.

    Under the Department of Tourism's Ilog Tourism??"Inclusive Local Growth through River Tourism Program, the mighty Agusan River in Butuan City, Kalinawan River (Jabonga, Agusan del Norte), Cabadbaran River (Cabadbaran City), Gaas Inlet (Dinagat Island), Sabang Gibong River (Agusan del Sur), Surigao River (Surigao City), Baoy River (Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte), Tandag River (Tandag City), Abacanan River (Cantilan, Surigao del Sur) and Giasan Rive ...

  • Investing In Rivers Can Help PHL Bag First World Status

    Investing In Rivers Can Help PHL Bag First World Status


    THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources-River Basin Control Office (Denr-Rbco) is currently developing an integrated master plan for 17 of the 18 major river basins and three principal river basins to rationalize and integrate all its plans, programs and projects.

    The master plan aims to address various concerns related to watershed conservation, river-basin rehabilitation, and flood control and mitigation. Other concerns included water security for domestic, irrigation and industrial use, livelihood and economic opportunities within the river basin.

    Started in ...

  • Caraga Identified As Major Amphibians Reptiles Research Site

    Caraga Identified As Major Amphibians Reptiles Research Site

    A recent study published in the scientific journal Zookeys has identified Caraga Region as a major biodiversity site for amphibians and reptiles, thus placing the region as a new epicenter for future scientific study and conservation efforts.

    ZooKeys is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal covering zoological taxonomy, phylogeny, and biogeograph.

    Caraga Region is comprised of the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Island with the regional capital at Butuan City.

    The study, titled; The amphibians and reptiles of Minda ...

  • Celebrating With The Waves Of The Mighty Agusan River

    Celebrating With The Waves Of The Mighty Agusan River

    Every year, Butuan City is reminded of the importance of the Agusan River and its historical influence and how it has sculpted its vast landscape stretching from the province of Agusan del Sur toward Agusan del Norte into the mouth of Butuan Bay, in a religious event called the "Abayan Festival."

    Since the late 1880s, the Abayan is an annual festive ritual of prayer culminating in a fluvial procession along the Agusan River in honor to the rivers patron Santa Ana, which is usually held in the month of July.

    The event carries a huge historic significance since the activity was primarily m ...

  • 13 Dragon Boat Teams To Face Off In 3rd Bugsay Mindanao

    Thirteen teams from Visayas and Mindanao will face off here for the 3rd Bugsay Mindanao that will be held at the Agusan River on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

    "It is an honor to host this event this year. This will be the largest dragon boat competition here in Mindanao considering there are 13 teams competing in this year's event. The theme for this year is anchored on 'Transforming Waterways into Spaces for Peace' which embodies the spirit of Bugsay Mindanao paddling for peace in the island and bringing also our school's advocacy of peace and environmental conservation toward the river," said ...

  • Hardcore Extreme Risky Dangerous Adventure

    Hardcore Extreme Risky Dangerous Adventure

    It sounds like swimming a river in the Philippines was more of an adventure than he first thought. River swimmer David Merpaw recently completed his swim of the Agusan River and said in an email, it was the adventure of a lifetime.

    Merpaw said he had planned on swimming the river as soon as he arrived in the Philippines, but two typhoons impeded his efforts and the swim didn't take place until Jan. 10. Merpaw started his swim leaving from the small city of Talagocon. He asked the local Catholic priest to meet him at the river to pray for a safe journey. Merpaw's swim was not only to challen ...