Belarus » River Prypjat / Prypjaz | Belarus
River Prypjat became a bit disreputable since it passes at Tschernobil.
River Prypjat / Prypjaz | Belarus: Characteristics & Overview
Rating of waterway
|Degree of difficulty:||Demanding|
|Requirements:||Boating license essential|
|Character of waterway:||no rating|
|Profile of waterway:||Main waterway|
|Facilities groundside:||Hardly existent|
Waterway has access to:Dnepr | Dnjepr | Belarus
Dnepr-Bug-Canal / Muchavez / Canalised River Pina | Belrarus
River Prypjat has an entire length of 755 km. Its spring is in the extreme northwest of Ukraine, reverses in a huge turn first to the northeast, crossing the border to Belarus and finally goes after the town of Mazyr to the southeast, getting back to Ukraine again short before the town of Prypjat and then flows into Dnepr after a few kilometers.
Prypjat was built in 1970 only, in coherence with the atomic power plants of Tschernobyl and had at the catastrophe in 1986 about 48’000 inhabitants being a ghost town today. River Prypjat flows from Pinsk to its opening into River Dnepr through fenlands extending on both sides of the river up to 6 km.
Prypjat is part of the Bug Dnepr link which starts at the Polish border at Brest where Mukavez flows into River Bug. Upstream of Mukavez, Dnepr Bug Canal goes into the canalized Pina which flows into Prypjat at the town of Pinsk. Over which navigation has access to River Dnepr and the Black Sea.