Rajčanka or Rajčianka (Hungarian: Rajcsánka) is a river in northern Slovakia springing in Strážovské vrchy near Čičmany and pouring into Váh in Žilina. It is 46.6 km (29.0 mi) long and its basin size is 359 km2 (139 sq mi).[1]

Rajčanka
Rajcanka.jpg
River near Porúbka
Physical characteristics
Source 
 • locationStrážovské vrchy
Mouth 
 • location
Váh in Žilina
 • coordinates
49°14′07″N 18°42′31″E / 49.2352°N 18.7085°E / 49.2352; 18.7085Coordinates: 49°14′07″N 18°42′31″E / 49.2352°N 18.7085°E / 49.2352; 18.7085
Length46.6 km (29.0 mi)
Basin size359 km2 (139 sq mi)
Basin features
ProgressionVáhDanubeBlack Sea

It forms the border of Lúčanská Malá Fatra Mountains and of Strážovské vrchy. 32 km of its length are navigable.

Cities along its course are: Rajec, Rajecké Teplice, Žilina.

Names and etymologyEdit

The original name of the river was Lietava, later Žilinka and only after the founding of Rajec (the 14th century) also Rajčanka[2] (see also Etymology of Rajec).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Plán manažmentu povodňového rizikavčiastkovom povodí Váhu, p. 72
  2. ^ Krško, Jaromír (2011). Hydronymia horného povodia Váhu [Hydronymy of the Upper Váh Basin] (in Slovak). Banská Bystrica: Univerzita Mateja Bela. p. 125.