Ätran in Falkenberg, late-August 2004
Path of the river
|⁃ location||Gullered, Västergötland|
|⁃ elevation||332 m (1,089 ft)|
|0 m (0 ft)|
|Length||240 km (150 mi)|
|Basin size||3,342.2 km2 (1,290.4 sq mi)|
|⁃ average||47 m3/s (1,700 cu ft/s)|
Ätran is a Swedish river. The river is about 240 km long, and has its source in Gullered, Västergötland, at a height of 332 m above sea level. The river has its mouth in Falkenberg, Halland, where the river enters Kattegat.
The drainage basin has an area of 3,343 km², of which most is forest. The river is well known as a good place for fishing. It is comparatively unpolluted
Path, tributaries and drainage basin
water flow (m³/s)
|Ätran, upstream Åsunden||650|
|Ätran, between Åsunden and Assman||379||8|
|Ätran, between Assman and Kalvån||45||24.5|
|Ätran, between Kalvån and Högvadsån||370||33.5|
|Ätran between Högvadsån and the Sea||257||49|
The river passes through several minor lakes in Västergötland (Sörsjön, Nolsjö, Vinsarpsjö and Lönnern). By the time it reaches Åsunden, a lake of some size, it is about 1–2 m deep och 6–10 m wide. As the tributaries named Lillån join the river it gain considerably in size.
The drainage basin include the major parts of Falkenberg, Svenljunga, Tranemo and Ulricehamn Municipalities. Smaller parts of Falköping, Borås, Gislaved, Mark, Hylte and Varberg Municipalities are also part of the drainage basin. Within the basin 64 percent of the area is forest, 6 percent lakes, 7 procent bogs, 11 procent fields och 12 percent other.
The largest lakes within the basin are Åsunden (33,9 km²), Fegen (24,2), Sämsjön (9,2), Lönern (7,7) och Kalven (6,6). In total there is about 200 km² of lakes within the basin. The water flow at Yngeredsfors Power Station has been kept record of. It was on average 37,2 m³/s during the years 1909-1967. The maximum flow was 275 m³/s, while the minimum flow was about 5–7 m³/s.