Mat (river)

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This article is about the river in Albania. For Mat River in Virginia, USA, see Mattaponi River. For Mat River in Mizoram, India, see Kaladan River. For other uses, see Mat (disambiguation).
Mat
Liqeni i Shkopetit.jpg
The Liqeni i Shkopetit reservoir in the Mat river.
Origin Bulqizë District, Albania
Mouth Adriatic Sea
41°38′12″N 19°34′17″E / 41.63667°N 19.57139°E / 41.63667; 19.57139Coordinates: 41°38′12″N 19°34′17″E / 41.63667°N 19.57139°E / 41.63667; 19.57139
Basin countries Albania
Length 115 km
Avg. discharge 103 m³/s
Basin area 2,441 km²

The Mat (definite Albanian form: Mati, Ancient Greek: Mathis, Μαθις) is a river in northern Albania. Its source is near Martanesh, in the Bulqizë District. It flows west towards the Mat District, which takes it name from the river, and northwest through the towns Klos and Burrel. About 10 km (6 mi) downstream from Burrel it flows into a large reservoir (Liqeni i Ulzës – "Lake Ulëz"). After passing through a hydroelectric dam, it flows through another, smaller reservoir (Liqeni i Shkopetit – "Lake Shkopet") and forms a narrow gorge through the mountain range that separates the Mat district from the coastal plains. It enters the plains between Milot and Zejmen.

After a total length of 115 km (71 mi), the Mat flows into the Adriatic Sea near Fushë-Kuqe, between the towns Lezhë and Laç.