Black Drin

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Black Drin
Black Drim wells.jpg
Black Drin
CountryNorth Macedonia
Physical characteristics
 - locationLake Ohrid
 - location
 - coordinates
42°5′30″N 20°23′41″E / 42.09167°N 20.39472°E / 42.09167; 20.39472Coordinates: 42°5′30″N 20°23′41″E / 42.09167°N 20.39472°E / 42.09167; 20.39472
Length149 km (93 mi)
Basin size3,504 km2 (1,353 sq mi)
 - average118 m3/s (4,200 cu ft/s)
Basin features
ProgressionDrinAdriatic Sea

The Black Drin, or Black Drim (Albanian: Drini i Zi: meaning "it shines" from the Albanian word "ndrin", to shine, because of its extremely clear waters; Macedonian: About this soundЦрн Дрим , translit. Crn Drim) is a river in North Macedonia and Albania. It flows out of Lake Ohrid in Struga, North Macedonia. It is 149 km (93 mi) long and its drainage basin is 3,504 km2 (1,353 sq mi). Its average discharge is 118 m3/s (4,200 cu ft/s).[1] After about 56 km (35 mi) it crosses the border to Albania, west of Debar, Nirth Macedonia. It merges with the White Drin in Kukës to form the Drin, which flows into the Adriatic Sea. It drains most of the eastern border region of Albania.

Black Drim in Struga
Black Drim flowing out of Lake Ohrid.


This part of Albania is an agricultural-based site. The main agricultural products are corn and barley; silviculture is evolving, as well. The Ohrid trout, which is a form of salmon, can also be found in parts of the river at times.


  1. ^ Cullaj, A., Hasko, A., Miho, A., Schanz, F., Brandl, H. & Bachofen, R. (2005). "The quality of Albanian natural waters and the human impact". Environment International. 31: 138.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)