Irkut (river)

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Road sign r. Irkut near the village Zaktuy in Tunkinsky District of Buryatia
Physical characteristics
 • coordinates
52°17′27″N 104°16′31″E / 52.2907°N 104.2754°E / 52.2907; 104.2754Coordinates: 52°17′27″N 104°16′31″E / 52.2907°N 104.2754°E / 52.2907; 104.2754
Length488 km (303 mi)
Basin size15,000 km2 (5,800 sq mi)
Basin features
ProgressionAngaraYeniseyKara Sea

The Irkut (Russian: Ирку́т; Buryat and Mongolian: Эрхүү гол, Erhüü gol) is a river in the Buryat Republic and Irkutsk Oblast of Russia. It is a left tributary of the Angara. It flows out of lake Ilchir which is situated 50 km away from the highest peak of the Eastern Sayan Mountains, Munku-Sardyk. The length of the river is 488 kilometers (303 mi). The area of its basin is 15,000 square kilometers (5,800 sq mi).[1] The Irkut freezes up in late October or mid-November and stays icebound until late April or early May. The city of Irkutsk is located at the mouth of the Irkut on the Angara.[2]



  1. ^ Река Иркут in the State Water Register of Russia (Russian)
  2. ^ Curtin, J. (1910). A Journey In Southern Siberia: The Mongols, Their Religion and Their Myths. Library of Alexandria. London. p. pt21. ISBN 978-1-4655-2060-9. Retrieved June 7, 2019.