Kolva River (Perm Krai)

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Kolva River
River Kolva.jpg
Kama basin.png
Scheme of the Kama River Basin.
Country Russia
Physical characteristics
Main source North Ural
River mouth Vishera River
Length 460 km (290 mi)
  • Average rate:
    457 m3/s (16,100 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 13,500 km2 (5,200 sq mi)

Kolva River (Russian: Колва) is a river in Perm Krai, Russia, right tributary of the Vishera River of the Kama basin. The river is 460 kilometres (290 mi) long, and its drainage basin covers 13,500 square kilometres (5,200 sq mi). It starts on southeastern slope of mount Kolvinsky Kamen, in northeastern portion of Perm Krai, near the border with Komi Republic. Its mouth is near the town of Cherdyn.

The Kolva River freezes up in early November and stays under the ice until late April or early May. The river is navigable within 200 to 250 kilometres (120 to 160 mi) of its estuary during the high-water season. The town of Cherdyn is along on the Kolva River.

Main tributaries:


The ancient route from the Volga region in the Pechora region passed along the Kolva. Between Cherdyn and Nyrob were found several Chud settlements, in which occur oriental coins, evidence of the importance of the Kolva as a route of communication between ancient Volga Bulgaria and the remote north.

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Coordinates: 60°21′56″N 56°33′11″E / 60.36556°N 56.55306°E / 60.36556; 56.55306