The river forms a wide delta, receiving water from some 200 tributaries (long rivers, small streams and brooks).
Rybinsk Sea is one of the biggest manmade reservoirs in the world. It stretches for 140 km, reaching a width of up to 60 km. From here a route to the Baltic Sea through the Volga-Baltic system can be laid. The route also runs to the White Sea via the...
Peter I had an idea to make a waterway from Moscow to the Baltic Sea, as it could be quite reliable and cheap. For this purpose he used to go to the town of Dmitrov to research the future water route. However, the real potential for linking the Volga...
The Svir unites the two biggest lakes in Europe, Onega and Ladoga. It issues from the former and empties into the latter. The river, which is 224 km long, is a part of the White Sea-Baltic and Volga-Baltic Canal system. Two hydroelectric stations are...
Ladoga Lake is the largest in Europe, twice as large as Onega. It is 18,000 square kilometers in area, with a maximum length of 219 km, an average width of 83 km and an average depth of 50 m. Its boundless space looks like a sea, as no shore is visible...
Traversing the White Lake should take only about two hours. Although this naturally formed lake is quite large (1,380 km) it is still technically considered part of the Volga-Baltic canal. Mention of the ancient White Lakehas been frequent in Russian...
The Neva River, which has its source in Lake Ladoga, is 72 km long and empties into the Gulf of Finland. The river’s name is derived from the Finnish word nevo, for “swampy”; it is a suitable description of the river estuary. The Neva, which was...
The shape of Lake Onega is reminiscent of a lobster with only one claw. Covering an area of 10,000 sq. km, it is the second largest lake in Europe. The average depth is 30 m, but parts of the lake are 120 m deep. More than 50 rivers feed it, but only...
The Sheksna, which connects the Rybinsk reservoir and the White Lake, consists of three parts: the upper Sheksna (52 km long), the Sheksna reservoir (66 km) and the Lower Sheksna (68 km). The upper Sheksna and the Sheksna Reservoir are separated...
The Volga-Baltic Waterway
The Volga-Baltic Waterway from north to south consists of the Vytegra Canal, the water distribution canal of the Kovzha river, the White Lake and the Sheksna River. It connects the Baltic to the Caspian Sea. The canal has eight locks, eight hydroelectric...