Rivers of Carpathians

Rivers of Carpathians

There are nearly 28,200 rivers in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains. They have characteristics typical of Mountain Rivers: steep gradients, swift currents, relatively low water level and the tendency to flood often. Carpathian rivers' riverbeds are narrow, deep and steep; they contain many rapids and waterfalls. In the past these rivers were used for transporting timber downstream.

Carpathian rivers flood throughout the year. The water level in these rivers rises an average of 25-35 times a year. Flooding is most common in the spring and summer. The highest water levels are generally seen in mid to late March. In May the water levels temporarily rise due to heavy rains. In the summer the rivers can flood 15-20 times. The intensity of summer floods is significant and the water level is often higher than during spring floods.


Carpathian River

Many rivers that flow into the Black Sea originate in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains. These include the Dniester and Danube. The Baltic Sea basin includes rivers such as the Vistula which joins the upper reaches of the San in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains. The largest rivers in the area are the Dniester, the second largest river in Ukraine, followed by the Prut, Cheremosh and Tisa.

River Cheremosh

River Cheremosh

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Prut

River Prut

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River Limnytsia

River Limnytsia

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River Svicha

River Svicha

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River Stryi

River Stryi

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