List of rivers of Serbia

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Rivers and main drainage basins in Serbia.

This is a list of the rivers of Serbia, either those flowing entirely or partially within Serbia proper, or just being a border rivers.

Drainage basins[edit]

All rivers in Serbia belong to the drainage basins of three seas: Black Sea, Adriatic Sea or Aegean Sea.

The largest in area, Black Sea drainage basin, covers an area of 81,261 km2 or 92% of the territory of Serbia. The entire basin is drained by only one river, the Danube, which flows into the Black Sea. All major rivers in Serbia, like Tisa, Sava, Velika Morava and Drina belong to it.

The Adriatic Sea drainage basin covers an area of 4,500 km2 or 5% of territory of Serbia. It comprises the western half of the Kosovo and Metohija and it is mostly drained by one river, the White Drin, which in Albania meets the Black Drin to create the Drin river, which flows into the Adriatic Sea. Smaller portion of it is drained by Crni Kamen-Radika river in the extreme southern region of Gora, which also drains into Black Drin in Macedonia.

The Aegean Sea basin is the smallest in area, 2,650 km2 or 3% of the territory of Serbia, and covers the southern parts of Serbia, to the Macedonian and Bulgarian borders. It is drained by three rivers: Lepenac, Pčinja and Dragovištica. The first two flow into the Vardar river in Macedonia, and the third flows into the Struma river in Bulgaria, and both of those rivers flow into the Aegean Sea.

All three basins meet at the Drmanska glava peak on the Crnoljeva mountain in central Kosovo, which represents the water divide of Serbia and the major one in the Balkans, as it divides three out of the Balkan's four drainage basins (the fourth being the Ionian Sea).

List of major rivers[edit]

The lengths in the table present the overall lengths of the rivers, not just the Serbian parts of the flow. In the first table, rivers over 50 km are listed, including river systems (such as Great Morava) created by confluence of other major rivers; in those cases, the length is given as the total of the river and the longer headstream.

Selected list of shorter rivers is added below the two tables.

Name Cyrillic Length (km) Drainage area (km2) Drainage basin (sea) length measured as: Main tributary (in Serbia) Provinces within Serbia Countries sharing the same river
1. Danube Дунав 2888 817000 Black Breg-Danube Tisa Vojvodina, Serbia Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine
2. Tisa Тиса 1026 157020 Black Black Tisa-Tisa Begej Vojvodina Ukraine, Romania, Hungary
3. Sava Сава 990 95719 Black Sava Dolinka-Sava Drina Vojvodina, Serbia Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
4. Great Morava Велика Морава 493 35419 Black Golijska Moravica-Zapadna Morava-Velika Morava Južna Morava Serbia none
5. Drina Дрина 487 19570 Black Tara-Drina Lim Serbia Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina
6. Tamiš Тамиш 359 13085 Black regular Brzava Vojvodina Romania
7. Drin Дрим 335 11756 Adriatic White Drin-Drin Klina Kosovo Albania
8. South Morava Јужна Морава 295 15469 Black Golema-Binačka Morava-Južna Morava Nišava Kosovo, Serbia Macedonia
9. Ibar Ибар 276 8059 Black regular Sitnica Serbia, Kosovo Montenegro
10. Begej Бегеј 254 2878 Black regular Novi Begej Vojvodina Romania
11. Lim Лим 220 5963 Black Vrmoša-Luča-Lake Plav-Lim Uvac Serbia Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina
12. Nišava Нишава 218 3950 Black regular Temštica Serbia Bulgaria
13. Timok Тимок 203 4630 Black Svrljiški Timok-Beli Timok-Timok Crni Timok Serbia Bulgaria
14. Bosut Босут 186 3097 Black Biđ-Bosut Studva Vojvodina Croatia
15. Brzava Брзава 166 1190 Black regular minor flows Vojvodina Romania
16. Mlava Млава 158 1830 Black Tisnica-Mlava Vitovnica Serbia none
17. Toplica Топлица 130 2600 Black Duboka-Toplica Kosanica Serbia none
18. Pek Пек 129 1236 Black Lipa-Pek Jagnjilo Serbia none
19. Plazović Плазовић 129 Black regular minor flows Vojvodina Hungary
20. Pčinja Пчиња 128 3140 Aegean regular minor flows Serbia Macedonia
21. Nera Нера 124 1420 Black regular minor flows Vojvodina Romania
22. Kolubara Колубара 123 3639 Black Obnica-Kolubara Tamnava Serbia none
23. Uvac Увац 119 1310 Black Rasanska reka-Vapa-Uvac Tisnica Serbia Bosnia and Herzegovina
24. Zlatica Златица 117 1470 Black regular minor flows Vojvodina Romania
25. Karaš Караш 110 1400 Black regular Ilidija Vojvodina Romania
26. Krivaja Криваја 109 956 Black regular minor flows Vojvodina none
27. Čik Чик 95 481 Black regular none Vojvodina none
28. Rasina Расина 92 994 Black regular minor flows Serbia none
29. Sitnica Ситница 90 3129 Black regular Lab Kosovo none
30. Tamnava Тамнава 90 930 Black regular Ub Serbia none
31. Temštica Темштица 86 820 Black Visočica-Temštica Dojkinička reka Serbia Bulgaria
32. Jablanica Јабланица 85 895 Black regular Čokotinska reka Serbia none
33. Crni Timok Црни Тимок 84 1003 Black regular Zlotska reka Serbia none
34. Nadela Надела 81 Black regular minor flows Vojvodina none
35. Jasenica Јасеница 79 1343 Black regular Kubršnica Serbia none
36. Jadar Јадар 79 894 Black regular Rakovica Serbia none
37. Gruža Гружа 77 622 Black regular Kotlenjača Serbia none
38. Lepenac Лепенац 75 770 Aegean regular Nerodimka Kosovo Macedonia
39. Đetinja Ђетиња 75 1486 Black regular Skrapež Serbia none
40. Veternica Ветерница 75 515 Black regular Sušica Serbia none
41. Jerma Јерма 74 Black regular Zvonačka reka Serbia Bulgaria
42. Lab Лаб 72 950 Black regular Kačandolska reka Kosovo none
43. Rzav (Zlatibor) Рзав 72 605 Black Black Rzav-Rzav White Rzav Serbia Bosnia and Herzegovina
44. Pusta reka Пуста река 71 569 Black Golema-Pusta reka minor flows Serbia none
45. Mostonga Мостонга 70 Black regular none Vojvodina none
46. Kereš Кереш 70 Black regular none Serbia Hungary
47. Radika Радика 70 665 Adriatic Crni Kamen-Ćafa Kadis-Radika minor flows Serbia Macedonia
48. Vlasina Власина 68 1050 Black regular Lužnica Serbia none
49. Resava Ресава 65 685 Black regular none Serbia none
50. Jegrička Јегричка 65 Black regular none Vojvodina none
51. Dragovištica Драговиштица 63 Aegean Mutnica-Božička reka-Dragovištica Ljubatska reka Serbia Bulgaria
52. Pećka Bistrica Пећка Бистрица 62 505 Adriatic regular minor flows Kosovo Montenegro
53. Klina Клина 62 393 Adriatic regular Move Kosovo none
54. Rzav (Golija) Рзав 61 575 Black Veliki Rzav-Rzav Mali Rzav Serbia none
55. Studenica Студеница 60 582 Black Crna reka-Studenica Brusnička reka Serbia none
56. Raška Рашка 60 1193 Black regular Deževska reka Serbia none
57. Sokobanjska Moravica Сокобањска Моравица 58 606 Black regular minor flows Serbia none
58. Ub Уб 57 274 Black regular minor flows Serbia none
59. Lugomir Лугомир 57 447 Black Dulenska reka-Lugomir Županjevačka reka Serbia none
60. Jerez Јерез 56 503 Black regular minor flows Serbia none
61. Jasenička reka Јасеничка река 55 Black Vrelska reka-Jasenička reka minor flows Serbia none
62. Dečanska Bistrica Дечанска Бистрица 53 300 Adriatic Kožnjarska Bistrica-Dečanska Bistrica Kožnjarska Bistrica Kosovo none
63. Jarčina Јарчина 53 Black Međeš-Progarska Jarčina minor flows Vojvodina, Serbia none
64. Budovar Будовар 52 Black Patka-Budovar minor flows Vojvodina none
65. Drenica Дреница 51 447 Black regular Vrbovačka reka Kosovo none
66. Ralja Раља 51 310 Black regular minor flows Serbia none
67. Erenik Ереник 51 516 Adriatic regular Loćanska Bistrica Kosovo none
68. Porečka reka Поречка река 50 538 Black Šaška-Porečka reka Crnajka Serbia none
69. Trgoviški Timok Трговишки Тимок 50 520 Black Strma reka-Trgoviški Timok Žukovska reka Serbia none

Major sub-rivers[edit]

Some rivers, historically with different names, are already included in the length of other rivers, but exist as separate rivers in topography or tradition. The most prominent ones are listed below.

Name Cyrillic Length (km) Drainage area (km2) Drainage basin (sea) length measured as: Main tributary Provinces within Serbia Included in:
1. West Morava Западна Морава 308 15849 Black Golijska Moravica-West Morava Ibar Serbia Great Morava
2. White Drin Бели Дрим 175 4300 Adriatic regular Klina Kosovo Drin
3. Beli Timok Бели Тимок 115 2167 Black Svrljiški Timok-White Timok Trgoviški Timok Serbia Timok
4. Golijska Moravica Голијска Моравица 98 1486 Black regular Ðetinja Serbia West and Great Morava
5. Visočica Височица 71 Black regular Dojkinička reka Serbia Temštica
6. Svrljiški Timok Сврљишки Тимок 64 720 Black regular minor flows Serbia White Timok and Timok

List of selected rivers below 50 km[edit]

  • Lepenica, 48 km
  • Skrapež, 48 km
  • Galovica, 47 km
  • Kalenićka reka, 45 km
  • Pepeljuša, 45
  • Rača, 44 km
  • Toponička reka, 43 km
  • Čemernica, 43 km
  • Kubršnica, 42 km
  • Jezava, 42 km
  • Nerodimka, 41 km
  • Tegošnica, 41 km
  • Zamna, 41 km
  • Belica, 40 km
  • Kutinska reka, 40 km
  • Lužnica (Vlasina), 39 km
  • Kosanica, 38 km
  • Dobrava, 38 km
  • Studva, 37 km
  • Turija (Kolubara), 36 km
  • Prizrenska Bistrica, 35 km
  • Dičina, 35 km
  • Kriva reka, 35 km
  • Ljuboviđa, 34 km
  • Zasavica, 34 km
  • Kudoš, 34 km
  • Kamenica (W.Morava), 34 km
  • Poblačnica-Ustibarska, 34 km
  • Barbatovačka reka, 34 km
  • Rupska-Kozarska reka, 34 km
  • Peštan, 33 km
  • Bela reka (Mačva), 33 km
  • Resavčina, 32 km
  • Kačer, 32 km
  • Jovanovačka reka, 31 km
  • Ljig, 31 km
  • Bitva, 31 km
  • Vizelj, 31 km
  • Petrovačka reka, 31 km
  • Topčiderska reka, 30 km
  • Crnica, 30 km
  • Miruša, 30 km
  • Plavska reka, 30 km
  • Likodra, 30 km
  • Gračanica, 30 km
  • Gradac, 30 km
  • Konjska reka, 30 km
  • Turija (S.Morava), 30 km
  • Zlotska reka, 30 km
  • Gračanica, 30 km
  • Trnovačka reka, 30 km
  • Guzajna, 29 km
  • Osanica, 29 km
  • Vrla, 28 km
  • Slatinska reka, 28 km
  • Ribnica (Kolubara), 28 km
  • Vrla, 28 km
  • Velika-Slatinska reka, 28 km
  • Lešnica, 28 km
  • Veliki Begej, 27 km
  • Resavica, 27 km
  • Preševska Moravica, 27 km
  • Rogačica, 27 km
  • Vukodraž, 27 km
  • Grza, 26 km
  • Ravanica, 26 km
  • Sibnica, 26 km
  • Šelovrnac, 25 km
  • Jošanica, 25 km
  • Dojkinička reka, 25 km
  • Lužnica (Skrapež), 25 km
  • Čikas, 24 km
  • Radovanska reka, 24 km
  • Jablanica (Valjevo), 24 km
  • Despotovica, 24 km
  • Ribnica (Ibar), 23 km
  • Crnajka, 22 km
  • Deževka, 22 km
  • Cernica, 22 km
  • Vratna, 22 km
  • Jelašnica (S.Morava), 21 km
  • Borovštica, 20 km
  • Vranj, 20 km
  • Mileševka, 20 km
  • Bistrica-Boroštica, 20 km
  • Sutjeska, 20 km
  • Blatašnica, 18 km
  • Vučjanka, 18 km
  • Keveriš, 17 km
  • Gradska reka, 17 km
  • Krivaja (Syrmia), 16 km
  • Ponjavica, 16 km
  • Ostružnička reka, 15 km
  • Ljukovo, 14 km
  • Bolečica, 12 km
  • Rakovički potok, 8,5 km
  • Vrelo, 0,365 km

See also[edit]