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The canal link between River Volga and the Black Sea by the south Russian River Don

Don River / Volga - Don Canal | Russia: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 1360 km
Degree of difficulty: Demanding
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: an adventure
Profile of waterway: Commercial traffic and tourism
Facilities groundside: Not sufficiant

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Volga River | Russia
Black Sea

River Don and its canal link to River Volga at Volgograd
the River has its spring south of the capital of Moskow where it flows first to the south and then to the southeast. Not quite 40 km off River Volga, it turns abrupt to the southwest, feeds first the barrier lake of Zimljansk and flows than into the Sea of Azov.
From here, skippers get to the Black Sea. From the barrier lake of Zimljansk, the Volga-Don-Canal goes to River Volga and makes therewith access to the Caspian Sea, White Sea and Baltic Sea.

The River is navigable from the University town of Voronezh in central Russia. After 1360 km it flows into the Sea of Azov. With smaller boats one can get from above Voronezh to the town of Elets, lying 220 km further north.
One should bring fuel provision for at least 300 km since there are hardly any colonies, not to speak of service stations.