Venta (river)

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This article is about the river. For the city in Lithuania, see Venta.
Venta
Venta pie Kuldīgas 2009-08-09.jpg
The Venta river in Kuldīga
Country Latvia (67%), Lithuania (33%)
Basin features
Main source near Kuršėnai, Lithuania
River mouth Baltic Sea at Ventspils, Latvia.
Basin size 11,800 km2 (4,600 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 346 km (215 mi) (178 km or 111 mi in Latvia)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    44 m3/s (1,600 cu ft/s)

The Venta (Latvian pronunciation [ˈvænta], Lithuanian [venˈta], German: Windau, Polish: Windawa, Livonian Vǟnta joug) is a river in north-western Lithuania and western Latvia. Its source is near Kuršėnai in the Lithuanian Šiauliai County. It flows into the Baltic Sea at Ventspils in Latvia.

Mouth of Venta in Ventspils

Towns along the Venta include Mažeikiai (Lithuania), Kuldīga and Ventspils (Latvia). It has only one tributary longer than 100 km, the Abava. Other major tributaries include the Virvyčia (99.7 km) and the Varduva (96 km), which flows into the Venta at the Lithuanian-Latvian border.

Smaller tributaries include the Avižlys, which runs for 20 kilometers and flows into the Venta River[1] at Akmenė district municipality, Šiauliai County, northern Lithuania.

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Coordinates: 57°23′44″N 21°32′40″E / 57.39556°N 21.54444°E / 57.39556; 21.54444