Rivers

Croatia’s rivers belong to the Adriatic and the Black Sea basin. These rivers are amongst the cleanest in the world and as a consequence are well stocked with fish and other organisms. The most important rivers are Dunav , Sava, Drava and Kupa. As “Corridor VII” of the European Union, the Danube is an important transport route. Its tributaries Sava and Drava are also partially navigable. Of all the rivers which flow through Croatia with their entire length, Kupa is, with its 296 km, the longest.Korana, Cetina and Krka are important as tourist destinations. All rivers in Croatia are characterised  by clean and crystal clear water and unspoiled magical landscapes. But each of them is different and special for the nature that surrounds it, geomorphological  forms, plant and animal species. The majority of visitors come to Croatia in summer, when the most beautiful rivers of Croatia are perfect for canoeing and kayaking. The magic of the crystal clear rivers, of sheer canyons and green river banks attract nowadays thousands of people.

DANUBE

Danube, one of the largest rivers in Europe, immediately after the Volga in length and discharge water. Flowing 2,857 km from Germany’s Black Forest to the Black Sea, the Danube is home to an incredible variety of species and habitats.The Danube is the largest tributary to the Black Sea.The river flows through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine.Danube has a picturesque, winding stream, passes through the low, forested mountains, rich agricultural land, and through many historic towns.

There are many picturesque places on the Danube, which are a paradise for nature lovers. Danube with its numerous backwaters and fish diversity is a challenge for all anglers.You can enjoy the many inns on the banks of the Danube, which will provide you with an unforgettable vacation.

Dunav

SAVA

The river Sava has it’s source in Slovenia,  formed from the rivers Sava Dolinka and the Sava Bohinjka  in northwest Slovenia. The Sava is 990 kilometres  (615 miles) long. One of the longest rivers in Europe ,and she is located in Southeast Europe, flowing through Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and along the Bosnia-Herzegovina border.The Sava is navigable for almost 600 kilometers, from its confluence with the Danube until the mouth of the Kupa at Sisak. She is tracing an international border—between Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Excellent for those who prefer water sports and recreation : kayaking, swimming, sailing boat, especially rafting.If you want to explore Zagreb region from a different perspective,you can go on  rafting trip on Sava River which flows through the Croatian capital city.

Sava

DRAVA

The Drava is a river in southern Central Europe, a tributary of the Danube. The Drava River links four countries on its 725 km course from the Italian Alps to its confluence with the Danube in Croatia. The first short stretch lies in Italy, then the Drava flows across Austria and Slovenia into Croatia, joining the Danube near the town of Osijek.The middle reaches of the river Drava (from Terezino field to Miholjac) with its extensive river habitats with shallow waters and islands and vertical, bare river banks, ponds and oxbow.The Drava is navigable for about 100 kilometres from Čađavica in Croatia to Osijek, where is joins Dunav.

An adventurous trip for visitors along the River Drava is planned as the program, as well as scout excursions and camping. Local family households will offer the possibility to taste blackberry wine, to go on a tour of the hazelnut plantation, to taste goat cheese etc.

Drava

KUPA

Kupa River springs from karst lakes turquoise green color in the  National park Risnjak near the village Razloge in Gorski Kotar.Below sources Kupa is fast river, while after a few kilometers calms and becomes calm rivers, criss-crossed with many artificial waterfalls who in the past served to launch watermills.The Kupa river, a right tributary of the Sava, forms a natural border between north-west Croatia and southeast Slovenia.The total length of the river Kupa is 296 km. Forests, mountains and rivers are what makes Gorski kotar region what it is – the greenest part of Croatia. A special way to discover and explore its natural beauties is by paddling down the clear and green Kupa River.

The total length of the river Kupa is 296 km.

Kupa River is ideal for canoeing and kayaking. In the summertime Cup is ideal for swimming and there are many decorated beaches. Cup is also rich in fish, and is very suitable for sport fishing.If you  like fishing in intact and preserved nature, clean rivers,if you are looking for autochtonous and wild fish populations,Kupa is great river for you.  River Kupa flows from National Park Risnjak. It is rich with water for rafting after heavy rain or in spring time. River Kupa has mountains covered with woods on one side and rich valleys on the other.

Kupa

BOSUT

Bosut, the river in eastern Croatia and northwestern Serbia, a 186 km long left tributary of the Sava river. Located in Slavonia and Srem.Bosut in Serbia flows into the river Sava. River belongs to the Black Sea drainage basin. For some 40 km it is navigable for smaller vessels.The river is known as meandering and extremely slow. Bosut is known for a phenomenon of being ‘the river that flows backwards’, because sometimes, with strong winds and being so slow, it appears as if the water is flowing backwards.

The whole valley of the Biđ-Bosut is actually an old, fossil river bed of the Sava. It is also known as a region with the highest evaporation in both Croatia and Serbia. In its lower course, Bosut flows through a forested area in the region of Spačva. The river is generally known for its abundance of fish.

Bosut

KORANA

Korana river is situated in Kordun area close to Plitvice Lakes National Park. The most interesting part of Korana river canyon is in Rastoke village. This place is a magnificent confluence of Korana and Slunjcica river. Easy technical whitewater rafting for which you don’t need to have previous paddling experience.After or before your walk in the wonderful Plitvice  lakes you must swim in the Korana river, it is a unique experience, don´t miss it!

In addition to the river Korana there is a camp that has the same name. One of the largest in Croatia.The campsite is located just few kilometres north of Plitvice Lakes National Park entrance.

Korana

CETINA

Cetina is a river in southern Croatia. It has a length of 101 km . Springs at an altitude of 385m to  the north-western slopes of Dinara, near the village of Cetina, 7 km north of Vrlika, and after whom the river was named and flows into the Adriatic Sea near the town Omiš. Source Cetina the lake over a hundred feet deep. Cetina River is the biggest middle Dalmatian river. River enters the Adriatic Sea in the town of Omis and that is a fantastic setting for a town. Near town, only 20 km far, in city Zadvarje, is located an amazing waterfall called Gubavica. Waterfall is one of the biggest in Croatia and it is more than 50 meters high.

With its magnificent canyon is definitely one of the most beautiful place in Croatia. It is situated in a luscious region surrounded by little villages.This region is very important, both historically and archaeologically. Along the Cetina’s tall canyon walls real archaeological fortune can be found:  shields from roman soldiers, personal items from middle-age peasants… and many other interesting artefacts. These findings confirm that people from this region are descended from an historical-age.The source of the Cetina river is situated in a small village (called Cetina) 7 kilometres away from the town of Vrlika. Gospodarska pecina (Noble Cave) is situated 100 meters above the source. This cave has important historical significance as it has been used as shelter for many people throughout history.

Cetina

UNA

The Una is a river in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The river has a total length of 212 km. The source of the Una is also known as Vrelo Une, and is located on the north-eastern slopes of the Stražbenica mountain in Lika region, Croatia. After 4 km the river reaches Bosnia and Herzegovina at the confluence with the Krka River. From here the Una river forms a natural border between Croatia and Bosnia for the next 8.5 km until it reaches the rail bridge 1.5 km before the Bosnian town of Martin Brod.Una gots its name after Romans who considered it the most beautiful river in the whole Roman Empire. Over one hundred and seventy types of medicinal herbs grow along the banks of Una River. 28 kinds of fish make their home in the emerald waters of Una River.The sometimes steep Una River corridors are not always conducive to navigating her beautiful waters yet one of the most frequent motifs of the Una River are the small boats with anglers and great number of kayaks. Una River has created a harmony with man, fish, birds, willows, bridges and old mills rarely seen today.

Una river will steal your heart with her virgin beauty, green clear water and a landscape of dense forests. Strbacki Buk Waterfall is one of the highest waterfalls in this part of Europe (18 m).Una is rich in water even in the summer so the rafting is possible all year round. If you love rivers, especially hidden, secret springs, you must visit the spring of river Una. Since it is only an hour from Zadar (an hour or so), it was a perfect destination for yours trip.

Una

DOBRA

Dobra is a river located mostly in the Karlovac County in the Republic of Croatia. It is 104 kilometres long and its basin covers an area of 900 square kilometres . The Croats sure knew how to recognize noble waters when they named this river Dobra (engl. = the good one). This rapturous river springs from a small spring just below Skrad, which competes with the Curak stream on the opposite western side which crashes in a magnificent waterfall into the bottomless pool called Zeleni vir. It is certain that both springs are in fact a collection of connected reservoirs that divide at the springs, but join up again 100 km later, the approximately length of the Dobra, just below Mahično and above Karlovac.

River Dobra characteristic by its surface and underground flow, offers first class rafting conditions at all times because its dams and accumulation lakes provide a sufficient water flow. Dobra river was the first river in Croatia where commercial rafting tours were organize.

Dobra

ČESMA

Česma is a river in central Croatia, the left tributary of the river Lonja-Trebež. It is 124 km long. Confluence fan of river Česma is shaped and formed by numerous streams rising on the slopes of Bilogora and Moslavačka mountain. .

The area around the river Česma up to a hundred years ago it was subject to flooding which is why it was marshy. At the site of former wetlands now are ponds . These ponds are one of the last waterfowl refuge between the Drava and Sava.Along Česma river there are several major fish farming complexes. North of Česma fish pond — ribnjačastvo Dubrava, and along the southern coast fish ponds — Siščani, Blatnica and Narta.

Česma basin is fan-shaped and formed by a number of streams rising on the slopes of Bilogora and Moslavačka gora hills. Southern sides of Bilogora slightly goes downhill, rugged with numerous ravines and gullies, steeply and deeply cut in. On the sides appears numerous springs, that in the dry part of the year losing water.

Česma

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