Yagüez River

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Yagüez River
Country Puerto Rico
Basin features
Main source Urayoán Mountains
Physical characteristics
Length 13 mi (21 km)

The Yagüez River is a river located in western Puerto Rico.

The Yagüez originates at 1,200 feet (370 m) above sea-level in the Urayoán Mountains to the southeast of Las Marias and to the northeast of Maricao. From its inception the river runs roughly east to west for 13 miles (21 km) emptying into Mayagüez Bay just west of downtown Mayagüez next to the northern part of the Parque del Litoral.

During its course, the river traverses the Mayagüez Reservoir located between the Bateyes and Limón barrios of Mayagüez. To protect against flash flooding, the river is canalized throughout the majority of its path through Mayagüez's urban core. The first attempt to canalize the river was when Don Leonardo de Campos was mayor of Mayagüez in 1852, but the difficulties of the project did not allow it back then.[1] The river flooded the city in 1933.[2]

Coordinates: 18°12′29″N 67°09′18″W / 18.2080099°N 67.1549019°W / 18.2080099; -67.1549019[3]


  1. ^ Preservando un Valor Historico: El Teatro Yagüez, Fiestas Patronales de la Candelaria Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, 1979
  2. ^ "Genealogias Biografias e Historia del Mayagüez de Ayer y Hoy y Antologia de Puerto Rico"; by Martin Gaudier (Author); Page: 17; Publisher: Imprenta "El Aguila", San German (1959); Language: Spanish
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Río Yagüez