Latvia » Daugava | Düna | Dvina
The former link between Baltic Sea and Black Sea is navigable today for some kilometers on Baltic Sea side.
Daugava | Düna | Dvina: Characteristics & Overview
Rating of waterway
|Degree of difficulty:
Boating license essential
|Character of waterway:
|Profile of waterway:
Not navigable all through
Waterway has access to:
River Daugava (Düna, in Russia Dvina)
has its spring in Russia, close to those of River Volga. It's not quite as long as that one but it
covers a distance of over 1000 km before flowing into the gulf of Riga and therewith the Baltic Sea. Having left Russia, it turns in a huge bow southwest through Belarus before it turns to the north and crosses the border to Latvia on its southwestern edge. The last few years
impressive power stations with their barrier lakes were developed on its underflow. Therefore, navigation on the once proud river is cut off the mouth at Riga on three positions.
Surely, the power stations are of more importance to Latvians then an already for some time doomed navigation.
Navigation had its high times in the 19th century when River Daugava was, together with River Ulle, Berezina canal and River Dnieper, forming the eastern link Baltic Sea to Black Sea.