The Medveditsa (Russian: Медве́дица) is a river in Volgograd and Saratov Oblasts in Russia, a left tributary of the Don. The name means she-bear, and according to legend alludes to the large population of bears in the area in earlier times. It is 745 kilometres (463 mi) long, with a drainage basin of 34,700 square kilometres (13,400 sq mi).
|Country||Volgograd and Saratov Oblast, Russia|
|• location||Volga Uplands|
|49°34′35″N 42°38′19″E / 49.5763°N 42.6385°ECoordinates: 49°34′35″N 42°38′19″E / 49.5763°N 42.6385°E|
|Length||745 km (463 mi)|
|Basin size||34,700 km2 (13,400 sq mi)|
|• average||69 cubic metres per second (2,400 cu ft/s)|
|Progression||Don→ Sea of Azov|
|• left||Idolga, Karamysh, Archeda|
|• right||Balanda, Tersa|
The river has its sources on the Volga Uplands, in the northeastern parts of Saratov Oblast, and flows mainly in a southwestern direction. It joins the Reka Don in Volgograd Oblast near Zatonski. Its largest tributaries are, from the right: Balanda and Tersa, and from the left: Idolga, Karamysh and Archeda.
The towns of Petrovsk, Atkarsk, Medveditsa, Zhirnovsk, and Mikhaylovka are situated on the Medveditsa. The river is navigable to Atkarsk.
A variety of fish is found in the Medveditsa River: catfish, pike, bream, asp, perch, chub, perch, tench, roach, gudgeon and others. In the late 80s there were a lot of sterlet.
Forests along both banks of the river have a wide variety of birds, medicinal herbs, wild berries, fruits and flowers.
- ^ a b Медведица (река в Саратовской и Волгоградской обл.), Great Soviet Encyclopedia
- ^ «Река Медведица», Russian State Water Registry