Lithuania » Nemunas / Memel

Another old link from Baltic Sea to Black Sea


Nemunas / Memel: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Degree of difficulty: Demanding
Requirements: no rating
Character of waterway: old waterway, to be rediscovered
Profile of waterway: Commercial traffic and tourism
Facilities groundside: Not sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

Baltic Sea

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.

Above Kaunas, the river was retained by a dam in order to gain electricity. The accrued lake of Kaunas is today very popular for an excursion and water sports to the habitants of 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.