The Motru River is a tributary of the Jiu River in the Southwest of Romania. The hydrological basin of the Motru has an area of 1874 km². The Motru is 138,8 km long.
Towns and villages
The following towns are situated along the river Motru, from source to mouth: Padeș, Cătunele, Motru, Broşteni, Strehaia, Butoiești
The following rivers are tributaries to the river Motru:
Left: Frumosu, Valea Râsului, Cărpinei, Valea Mare, Izvoarele, Lupoaia, Ploştina, Băzăvan, Boca
Right: Milearu, Păltinei, Motrul Sec, Bulba, Crainici, Peşteana, Coşuştea, Huşniţa, Sălătruc, Coşovăţ
The ancient Dacian name of the river was Amutria, which is homonymous with a settlement in the area. The Dacian town of Amutria is mentioned in ancient sources like Ptolemy's Geographia (c. 150 AD) and Tabula Peutingeriana (2nd century AD), and placed around the river. After the Roman conquest of Dacia, Amutria was part of an important road network, between Drubetis and Pelendava.