Sim (river)

The Sim (Bashkir: Эҫем, Russian: Сим) is a river in Chelyabinsk Oblast and the Republic of Bashkortostan in Russia. It is a tributary of the Belaya, part of the Volga watershed. Its length is 239 kilometers (149 mi), and its drainage basin covers 11,700 square kilometres (4,500 sq mi).[1]

Sim River.jpg
Oystercatcher on the Sim River in the city Asha
Belaya basin.png
Belaya basin
CountryChelyabinsk Oblast and the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia
Physical characteristics
 • locationSouthern Ural Mountains
 • elevation630 m (2,070 ft)
 • coordinates
54°29′07″N 56°26′14″E / 54.48528°N 56.43722°E / 54.48528; 56.43722Coordinates: 54°29′07″N 56°26′14″E / 54.48528°N 56.43722°E / 54.48528; 56.43722
Length239 km (149 mi)
Basin size11,700 km2 (4,500 sq mi)
 • average47.9 m3/s (1,690 cu ft/s) (103 km from the mouth)
Basin features
ProgressionBelayaKamaVolgaCaspian Sea

The river has its sources in the southern Ural Mountains. It first flows in a north-northwesterly direction towards the towns of Sim and Minyar, before turning towards the west and then southwest. After passing the town of Asha the Sim crosses the border of Bashkortostan and continues towards the southwest and its confluence with the Belaya.

Ignateva Cave lies on its banks.

On the Sim River. Photo by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, 1910


  1. ^ «Река СИМ», Russian State Water Registry

External linksEdit