Zeya River

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Zeya River
Zeya River and Island.jpg
Island on Zeya River.
Map of the Amur river drainage basin with the Zeya river highlighted
Native nameЗея
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationTokiysky Stanovik, Amur Oblast
 ⁃ location
Amur river
Length1,242 km (772 mi)
Basin size233,000 km2 (90,000 sq mi)
 ⁃ locationBlagoveshchensk [1]
 ⁃ average1,800 m3/s (64,000 cu ft/s)
 ⁃ minimum1.5 m3/s (53 cu ft/s)
 ⁃ maximum14,200 m3/s (500,000 cu ft/s)

Zeya River (Russian: Зе́я; from indigenous Evenki word "dgeœ" (blade); Manchu: ᠵᡳᠩᡴᡳᡵᡳ
, Mölendroff: jingkiri bira), 1,242 km long, is a northern tributary of the Amur River. It rises in the Tokiysky Stanovik mountain ridge, a part of the Stanovoy Range. The first Russian to enter the area was Vassili Poyarkov.

Zeya flows through the Zeya Reservoir and joins the Amur River near Blagoveshchensk, in Russia's Amur Oblast. Regulation of river discharge by Zeya Dam mitigates extremities of river flow down to 5000 m³/s.

The main tributaries of the Zeya River are Tok, Mulmuga, Bryanta, Gilyuy, and Urkan on the right, and Kupuri, Argi, Dep, Selemdzha, and Tom on the left.

The river freezes from November to May. It is navigable with the most important river ports being Zeya, Svobodny, and Blagoveshchensk.


  1. ^ Sokolov, Far East // Hydrography of USSR. (in Russian)

Coordinates: 50°14′31″N 127°35′53″E / 50.2419°N 127.598°E / 50.2419; 127.598