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Peipsi järv, Emajõgi, Vörtsjärv: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 98 km
Degree of difficulty: Very demanding
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: Waterway in reclusion
Profile of waterway: Hardly ever used
Facilities groundside: Hardly existent

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Waterway has access to:

Baltic Sea

River Narva from its mouth to Peipsi järv (lake) and River Emajogi to Vörtsjärv (lake)

One could say that eastern Estonia is left by God and the people; especially if one looks at it from the water. Since River Narva forms the border to Russia and this border also crosses the center of Peipsi Järv (Peipussee) makes this water only limitedly navigable for tourists. On River Emajögi, connecting Vört järv with Peipsi järv, one can find some navigation; especially around the University town of Tartu. Depending on history of the last 300 years, the Russian population in the east of the country is very high and a group of orthodox Russians have their churches mostly in places at Peipsi järv.

River Narva
has no access to the Baltic Sea and is mostly used by fishermen. The last few kilometers of the river lie on Russian territories and there is also a Russian power station with no lock.


Vört järv (Wirzsee)
is the biggest lake lying on Estonian territories only. The banks of the shallow water lake are marshy in the south and sandy in the north. The lake is fed by Emajogi. This river also has a connection to the town of Tartu by water and to Peipsi järv. In summer, passenger boats are navigating to the lake.

Emajogi
This river has its spring in the south, at the border to Latvia, first it flows northwards to Vöõrtsjärv, after leaving this lake, it flows to the east, past the University town of Tartu and flows at Praaga into Peipsi järv. At Praaga are also the Estonian-Russian customs facilities.

Peipsi järv (Peipusee)
The lake extends in north-south direction over a length of 140 km and a maximum width of 50 km. It’s the fifth in size of the European lakes and not quite half of it is on Estonian territories. Because its rather shallow with just below a depth of 8 meters in average, water temperature rises up to 22° in summer. Tourists of the country visit the lake at its northern, sandy banks between Kauksi and Vasknarva with their dunes and woods only; this mostly on common camping areas.

Particular, bigger places are served by passenger ships and cushion boats of Tartu Sadam AS.