Abava River

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Abava by Sabile
Origin Lestene swamp, Latvia
Mouth Venta River
Basin countries Latvia
Length 134 km
Basin area 2,042 km²

Abava is a river of Latvia, the largest tributary of the Venta River. It flows through Tukums, Talsi and Kuldiga districts. Length - Length - 129 km, basin area - 2030 km2. 50% of basin covered by forests.

Its valley was submitted for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.[1]

Characterictics of the river[edit]

The river runs out of Lestene-ENAV marsh, Eastern Highlands east side, 54 meters above sea level. The upper Abava is straightened, and flows in northerly direction. At Kandava, it turns to the west and follows a course with a lot of curves. The overall decline - 51 meter. River has a number of dolomite rapids with the velocity of 2 m / sec. The river is the location of the second largest waterfall in Latvia, the Abava Waterfall (Latvian: Abavas rumba).[2]


  1. ^ Abava Valley, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Retrieved 9 November 2010.
  2. ^ Abavas Rumba