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Minija (Lithuania).png
Map highlighting Minija
Country Lithuania
Physical characteristics
Main source Lake Didovas
River mouth Neman
55°20′49″N 21°17′33″E / 55.3469°N 21.2925°E / 55.3469; 21.2925Coordinates: 55°20′49″N 21°17′33″E / 55.3469°N 21.2925°E / 55.3469; 21.2925
Length 202 km (126 mi)
  • Average rate:
    38.7 m3/s (1,370 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Progression NemanBaltic Sea
Basin size 2,978 km2 (1,150 sq mi)

Minija is a river in western Lithuania and a tributary to Nemunas. It is 202 km (126 mi) long.[1] It begins from small Lake Didovas, and hydrographically from lake Sydeklis, 14 km south of Telšiai. The rivulet that flows out of Sydeklis here is called Mava, in between Lake Ilgis and Lake Pluotinalis - Kliurkė and only after Lake Didovo it gets the Minija name.

It flows through Lakes Ilgis, Pluotinalis, Didovas, and Gargždai, Priekulė towns before reaching the Atmata distributary of the Nemunas delta.

In 1873 a channel, called "Vilhelmo kanalas" was built that connected Minija directly with Klaipėda port.

Tributary rivers[edit]

  • Left: Pala, Alantas, Žvelsa, Agluona, Veiviržas, Tenenys
  • Right: Sausdaravas, Babrungas, Mišupė, Salnatas


Minija near Kintai