Saratov Reservoir

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Saratov Reservoir
Саратовское водохранилище.jpg
Coordinates52°50′N 48°30′E / 52.833°N 48.500°E / 52.833; 48.500Coordinates: 52°50′N 48°30′E / 52.833°N 48.500°E / 52.833; 48.500
TypeHydroelectric reservoir
Primary inflowsVolga, Samara
Basin countriesRussia
Max. length357 km (222 mi)
Max. width25 km (16 mi)
Surface area1,831 km2 (707 sq mi)
Average depth7 m (23 ft)
SettlementsSamara, Syzran, Balakovo

Saratov Reservoir (Russian: Саратовское водохрани́лище) is an artificial lake in the lower part of the Volga River in Russia formed by the dam of the Saratov Hydroelectric Station situated in the city of Balakovo. Filling of the reservoir started in 1967. The uppermost point of the reservoir is situated in Tolyatti, it stretches through Samara Oblast and Saratov Oblast. The city of Samara and the Samara Bend are situated on the reservoir. The namesake city of Saratov is situated downstream from the dam.