Dospat (river)

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Dospat (Доспат, Δεσπάτης)
Dospat River At Its Mouth.jpg
Dospat River at its mouth.
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Dospat River system.
Country Bulgaria, Greece
Basin features
Main source Rhodope Mountains
1,610 m (5,280 ft)
River mouth Mesta/Nestos
366 m (1,201 ft)
41°23′25″N 24°5′15″E / 41.39028°N 24.08750°E / 41.39028; 24.08750Coordinates: 41°23′25″N 24°5′15″E / 41.39028°N 24.08750°E / 41.39028; 24.08750
Basin size 633.5 km2 (244.6 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 110 km (68 mi)

The Dospat (Bulgarian: Доспат; Greek: Δεσπάτης, Despatis) is a river in the Western Rhodope Mountains, the most important tributary of the Mesta.

It takes its source from Bulgaria, from the 1643-metre-high Rozov vrah ("Rose Peak") and flows southeast until Dospat Dam, after which it makes a turn southwest to continue generally to the south and flow into the Mesta as a left tributary near the village Mikrokleisoura on Greek territory just south of the Greek-Bulgarian border.

The Dospat has a drainage basin of 633.5 km². Its length is 110 km, of which 89 in Bulgaria and 21 in Greece. For a small distance of 3 km it forms the Greek–Bulgarian border.