Chapayevka River

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Chapayevka River, Mocha River
Country Russia
Basin features
Main source Siny Syrt, Samara Oblast, Russia
River mouth Saratov Reservoir, Volga
Basin size 4,310 km2 (1,660 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 298 km (185 mi)
  • Average rate:
    2.53 m3/s (89 cu ft/s)

Chapayevka (Russian: Чапа́евка) or the Mocha (Мо́ча) is a river in Samara Oblast, Russia, a left tributary of the Volga River. It origins at the slope of Siny Syrt and flows to the Saratov Reservoir, near Novokuybyshevsk, Samara agglomeration. It is 298 km long. The town of Chapayevsk stays alongside the river. The river is navigable for 34 from its mouth. The river has snow feeding and dries up in the upper stream. Since November till April it is used to be frozen. Major inflows are Petrushka, Vetlyanka, Vyazovka.

The river originally was named Mócha (which is a homograph with моча (mochá), the Russian for urine). In 1925 it was renamed Chapayevka in honor of the Russian Civil War Red hero Vasily Chapayev.

Coordinates: 53°02′36″N 49°33′09″E / 53.0433°N 49.5525°E / 53.0433; 49.5525