Lavant (river)

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Lavant
Muendung der Lavant in die Drau.JPG
Confluence of the Lavant (left) with the Drava
Country Austria
Basin features
Main source Zirbitzkogel, Seetal Alps
near Sankt Anna am Lavantegg, Styria
2,053 m (6,736 ft)
47°3′34″N 14°34′39″E / 47.05944°N 14.57750°E / 47.05944; 14.57750
River mouth Drava at Lavamünd, Carinthia
340 m (1,120 ft)
46°38′22″N 14°56′39″E / 46.63944°N 14.94417°E / 46.63944; 14.94417Coordinates: 46°38′22″N 14°56′39″E / 46.63944°N 14.94417°E / 46.63944; 14.94417
Basin size 969 km2 (374 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 72 km (45 mi)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    12.5 m3/s (440 cu ft/s)

The Lavant (Slovene: Labotnica) is a river in the Austrian state of Carinthia, a left tributary of the Drava. It lends its name to the Lavanttal valley as well as to the Lavanttal Alps.

The river originates in the small Lake Lavant (Lavantsee) at the southern slope of the Zirbitzkogel mountain in Styria, at a height of 2,053 m (6,736 ft). It then runs southeastwards and after 11.2 kilometres (7.0 mi) reaches the border with Carinthia. The river flows down the Lavanttal with the towns of Bad Sankt Leonhard, Wolfsberg and Sankt Andrä, until it reaches the Drava shortly before it crosses the border to Slovenia.

The water quality has been affected by large-scale river regulations between the 1930s and 1980s. Most parts of the Lavant belong to the trout zone, while the lowest sections are characterised by barbels.

The name Lavant stems from the Pre-Celtic period, meaning "shining river" in Indo-European.