Ounasjoki

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Ounasjoki River
Ounajoki Sikkolan terassilta.jpg
Ounajoki River above the rapids
Native name Northern Sami: Ovnnesjohka
Country Finland, Norway
Basin features
Main source Lake Ounasjärvi, Enontekiö, Finland
450 metres (1,480 ft)
River mouth Kemijoki River, Rovaniemi, Finland
Basin size 13,968 square kilometres (5,393 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 299.6 kilometres (186.2 mi)
Ounasjoki River in wintertime

The Ounasjoki River[1] (Northern Sami: Ovnnesjohka) is the Kemijoki River's largest tributary and is Finland's longest single river tributary. It is also the largest river entirely within its borders. Ounasjoki is approximately 299.6 kilometres (186.2 mi) in length, and the catchment area is 13,968 square kilometres (5,393 sq mi), 27 percent of the Kemi catchment area.

Course[edit]

The Ounasjoki River originates at Ounasjärvi Lake in Enontekiö. It flows first eastwards through Lake Periläjärvi and turns south after some seven kilometres. The river then follows southern-southeasternly course until its confluence with the Kemi River at Rovaniemi.

Tributaries[edit]

Left[edit]

Right[edit]

  • Marrasjoki

Fauna[edit]

Grayling, trout, pike and other fish typical to northern Finland are found in the Ounasjoki.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ounasjoki Map — Satellite Images of Ounasjoki". maplandia.com. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Ounasjoki". ounasjoki.fi. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Ounasjoki at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 66°50′N 025°25′E / 66.833°N 25.417°E / 66.833; 25.417