Lepsy River

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Not to be confused with Lepsa River.
Lepsy River
A dam on the upper Lepsy
Origin Dzungarian Alatau Mountains
Mouth Lake Balkhash
Basin countries Kazakhstan
Lake Balkhash with the Lepsy River

The Lepsy River (Kazakh: Лепсі; Russian: Лепсы) also known as the Lepsa River or the Lepsi River, is a river in southeastern Kazakhstan. It originates in the Dzungarian Alatau Mountains north of the border with China and flows into Lake Balkhash.[1] The Lepsy is the easternmost of the two small rivers that flow into the eastern Balkhash on the south bank, the other being the Aksu River.[2]

The river flows north from the border with China before turning northwestward north of Sarkand and then west before turning north northward when it reaches the Saryesik-Atyrau Desert, a large sand desert south of Lake Balkhash. The river empties into Lake Balkhash just east of the Aksu River on its southern side. Lepsy freezes up in December and stays icebound until March. Because of the amount of water taken for irrigation, the river's flow into Lake Balkash is limited.

Map of the Lake Balkhash drainage basin


  1. ^ GSE: Лепсы%20(река%20в%20Казахской%20ССР)
  2. ^ "1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Balkash - Wikisource, the free online library". En.wikisource.org. 2012-12-23. Retrieved 2014-05-08. "The Karatal, the Aksu and the Lepsa also enter from the south-east, and the Ayaguz from the north-east." 

Coordinates: 46°21′53″N 78°20′21″E / 46.364659°N 78.339132°E / 46.364659; 78.339132