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 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



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.


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