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Foča – Panorama.jpg
Confluence of the Ćehotina and Drina Rivers
CountryMontenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ location
 ⁃ coordinates
43°30′42″N 18°46′34″E / 43.51167°N 18.77611°E / 43.51167; 18.77611Coordinates: 43°30′42″N 18°46′34″E / 43.51167°N 18.77611°E / 43.51167; 18.77611
Length125 km (78 mi) [1]
Basin size1,237 km2 (478 sq mi) [1]
Basin features
ProgressionDrinaSavaDanubeBlack Sea

The Ćehotina (Cyrillic: Ћеxотина, pronounced [tɕɛ̌xɔtina]), also Ćeotina, Ćotina or Čehotina, is a 125 kilometres (78 mi) long river in Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is a right bank tributary of the Drina river.[2]


The Ćehotina originates from the two streams in the Montenegrin region of Donji Kolašin, near the border with Serbia. It flows to the northwest, with many bends and curves, as it flows through the high, mountain region. The river almost has no settlements (except for the village of Vrulje), before it passes the eastern slopes of the Korijeni mountain and enters the Pljevaljska kotlina (Cyrillic: Пљеваљска котлина; Depression of Pljevlja). There, it flows through the Pljevlja coal basin and the city of Pljevlja itself, and continues to the region of Podgora, next to the villages of Radosavec, Židovići, Donja Brvenica and the small town of Gradac. The river flows between the region of Bukovica to the north and the northern tip of the Ljubišnja mountain and for the few kilometers forms the border between Serbia and Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It continues next to the villages of Vikoč, Falovići, Godijeno and Brusina, before it empties into the Drina. The city of Foča is built at its confluence.


The Ćehotina flows for 100 km in Montenegro,[2] and 25 in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

It has no major tributaries, most important being the Voloder, which flows into the Ćehotina near Gradac.

The river has considerable hydroelectricity potential, but none of it is being used. It belongs to the Black Sea drainage basin, its own drainage area covers 1,237 km², and it's not navigable.

In popular culture[edit]

Young Montenegrin band "Autogeni Trening" (Autogenic Training) have a song titled "Ćehotina".

One of the most beautiful "sevdalinka" (type of folk song in Bosnia and Herzegovina) is "Dvije su se vode zavadile" ("Two rivers have quarrell"). In that song river Ćehotina talks to river Drina to wait for her until tomorrow noon...". A notable interpretation is sung by Zaim Imamović, one of the most famous Bosnian sevdah singers.


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  2. ^ a b Statistical Yearbook of Montenegro 2017, Geography, Statistical Office of Montenegro
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