Lithuania » Nemunas / Memel
Another old link from Baltic Sea to Black Sea
Nemunas / Memel: Characteristics & Overview
Rating of waterway
|Degree of difficulty:||Demanding|
|Character of waterway:||old waterway, to be rediscovered|
|Profile of waterway:||Commercial traffic and tourism|
|Facilities groundside:||Not sufficiant|
Waterway has access to:
River Nemunas (Memel)
The 937 km long river flows first from Belarus over Lithuania, which it meets in the south, to the Courland Lagoon and therewith to the Baltic Sea. Just like River Daugava in the northern neighbor country Latvia, also River Nemunas was part of the Beresina link of Baltic Sea to Black Sea. Today it's limitedly navigable to the town of Kaunas, where River Neris is flowing into it. Lighter barges used to navigate on River Neris between the capital Vilnius and Kaunas.
From Smalininkai, River Nemunas forms the border to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad and on the last few kilometers to Courland Lagoon, the side river Russ of River Nene takes over.