|• location||Szpęgawskie Południowe Lake|
|54°21′36″N 18°39′51″E / 54.36000°N 18.66417°ECoordinates: 54°21′36″N 18°39′51″E / 54.36000°N 18.66417°E|
|Length||68 km (42 mi)|
|Progression||Martwa Wisła→ Baltic Sea|
Motława (German: Mottlau; Kashubian: Mòtława) is a river in Eastern Pomerania in Poland. The source is in Szpęgawskie Lake, northeast from the town of Starogard Gdański. It goes through Rokickie Lake to Martwa Wisła, a branch of the Vistula. The total length of the river is estimated at 68 km, with an area of 1511.3 km².
The city of Gdańsk is situated at its mouth in the Martwa Wisła. In Gdańsk, the Motława ferry crosses the river, a service that has run since the year 1687.
The Polish name Motława is derived from the Old Prussian language. In German the river is known as Mottlau.
A common theory for the etymology of the cities Gdańsk and Gdynia is that they are named after an older Polish and Kashubian name for the river, Gdania.
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