Khopyor River

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Khopyor River
Don and Khopyor rivers.

Khopyor (Russian: Хопёр, also transliterated as Khoper) is a river in European Russia, the biggest left tributary of the Don River. Length 979 km, watershed: 61,100 km², mouth width: 300m.Navigable up to 323 km. Maximum discharge is 3720 m³/s, an average discharge is 150 m³/s, a minimum discharge is 45 m³/s.

There is a wide variety of fish species in the river, including:Bream, Zander, Common roach, Rudd, European chub, Ide, Bleak, Catfish, Pike, Perch, Asp and Burbot.

Towns[edit]

Towns on the Khopyor River in Orographic sequence are:

Downstream from Borisoglebsk is the Khopyor Nature Preserve, populated with protected beavers, wisents and Russian Desman.

Oldman Khopyor at river source

History[edit]

Source

According to legend, an oldman Hopper lived in these places of Penza Oblast . One day he went by steppe and saw 12 springs. The old man took a shovel and assembled all the springs in one big stream. On this stream oldman Hopper built a mill to grind grain for the peasants from nearby villages. Later the river was given the name of its creator.

Trivia[edit]

The river gave its name to the Khoper-Invest company, infamous for its pyramid scheme fraud.

Coordinates: 49°36′23″N 42°18′29″E / 49.60639°N 42.30806°E / 49.60639; 42.30806 mm