Medveditsa River (Don basin)

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Medveditsa River
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Medveditsa River near Atkarsk
Country Volgograd and Saratov Oblast, Russia
Basin features
Main source Volga Uplands
River mouth Don River
Basin size 34,700 km2 (13,400 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 745 km (463 mi)
  • Average rate:
    69 cubic metres per second (2,400 cu ft/s)

Medveditsa (Russian: Медведица) is a river in Volgograd and Saratov Oblasts in Russia, a left tributary of the Don River. The name means she-bear, and according to legend alludes to the large population of bears in the area in earlier times. It is 745 kilometres (463 mi) long, with a drainage basin of 34,700 square kilometres (13,400 sq mi).

The river has its sources on the Volga Uplands, in the northeastern parts of Saratov Oblast, and flows mainly in a southwestern direction. It joins the river Don in Volgograd Oblast. Its largest tributaries are, from the right: Balanda and Tersa, and from the left: Idolga, Karamysh and Archeda.

The towns of Petrovsk, Atkarsk, Zhirnovsk and Mikhaylovka is situated at the Medveditsa. The river is navigable to Atkarsk.

Coordinates: 49°34′35″N 42°38′19″E / 49.5763°N 42.6385°E / 49.5763; 42.6385