Sunrise over the Aklan River
Aklan River is the longest river in the province of Aklan, Philippines and the third longest river in Panay Island, with a total length of 71 km. ( 44 mi ), only Panay River in Capiz and Jalaur River in Iloilo has longer. Aklan River drainage basin is the third largest in Panay. The river source started in the Central Panay Mountain Range on Mount Baloy in western portion of Capiz on Tapaz area, and the river travel toward north from Tapaz to the mountainous western portion of Jamindan, Capiz, and changing its direction toward northeast to the town of Libacao, Aklan. Traverses through to the municipalities of Madalag, Malinao, Banga, Lezo, Numancia, and Kalibo before emptying to its mouth into Sibuyan Sea. It is located in the province of Aklan, Western Visayas, Philippines. The name of the river is where the term Aklan came from, and is derived from the word akae, which means to boil or to froth. Because of the swiftness of the river current, the water of the Aklan river seems to boil or froth. Akean therefore means "where there is boiling or frothing".
Its 2 major tributaries are the Timbaban River (also called Madalag River) and Dumalaylay River. A portion of the river's basin is protected in the Aklan River Watershed Forest Reserve. This 23,185 hectares (57,290 acres) reserve in the municipalities of Madalagand Libacao was formed in 1990 through Proclamation No. 600, and purposes to protect, maintain, or improve the water yield and provide restraining mechanism for inappropriate forest exploitation and disruptive land-use.