Serbia Rivers and lakes
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Serbia's rivers belong to the drainage basins of the Black, Adriatic and Aegean seas. Three rivers are fully navigable in Serbia: the Danube, Sava and Tisa.
The Velika Morava and Tamis rivers are partly navigable. The longest river to flow through Serbia is the Danube, 588 km of its total 2783 km-long course, and over 90% of the river basin is occupied by this river.
The largest lake in Serbia is the artificial reservoir on the Danube, the Djerdapsko Jezero lake, with an area of 253 km2, followed by Vlasinsko Jezero at 16 km2 and Perucacko Jezero at 12.4 km2.
Particularly attractive for tourism are Ludasko Jezero, Palicko Jezero, Srebrno Jezero and the Bela Crkva Jezera lakes.
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Silver Lake or Srebrno jezero is an oxbow lake along the right Danube bank in the Branicevo region in eastern Serbia, near the town of Veliko Gradiste. It is a popular tourist resort.
The lake itself is in the broad, low valley of the Danube, but the neighboring hills rise up from 282 meters on the north (Gorica hill) to 362 meters on the south (Lipovaca hill), while the entire western part of the valley is enclosed by the elongated hill of Veliko brdo and its highest peak of Anatema (324 m).
The mouth of the river Pek into the Danube, known by its inverse flow during the high water levels, is just south of the lake.
Historical sites of the medieval city-fortresses of Ram and Golubac also in the vicinity of the lake, so as the springs of "Hajducka voda" (Hajduk's water).
Tara is a mountain located in western Serbia. It is part of Dinaric Alps and stands at 1,000-1,500 metres above sea level.
The mountain's slopes are clad in dense forests with numerous high-altitude clearings and meadows, steep cliffs, deep ravines carved by the nearby Drina River and many karst, or limestone caves. The mountain is a popular tourist centre.
Tara's national park encompasses a large part of the mountain. The highest peak is Zboriste, at 1544 m.
The Djerdap National Park or Nacionalni park Djerdap stretches along the right bank of the Danube River from the Golubac fortress (Serbian: Golubacki grad) to the dam near Sip, Serbia.
It spreads over 640 square kilometres and the park management office is in the town of Donji Milanovac on the Danube.
Perucac Lake (Bosnian/Serbian Latin Perucacko jezero), also known as Lake Perucac, pronounced is an artificial lake partly in the municipalities of Srebrenica and Visegrad in Bosnia and Herzegovina and partly in the municipality of Bajina Basta, Serbia.
The lake was created by damming the Drina River and harnessing its flow to power the Bajina Basta hydroelectric power station.
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Vlasina Lake (Vlasinsko jezero) is a semi-artificial lake in Southeast Serbia. Lying at an altitude of 1,211 metres (3,973 ft), with an area of 16 square kilometres (6.2 sq mi), it is the highest and largest artificial lake in Serbia.
It was created in 1947–51 when the peat bog Vlasinsko blato (Vlasina mud) was closed off by a dam and submerged by the waters of incoming rivers, chiefly the Vlasina.
Zvornik Lake (Zvornicko jezero) is an artificial lake in the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. It was created after construction of a hydroelectric power station in 1954.
The Palic lake (Serbian: Palicko jezero) is a lake situated 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from Subotica, near the town of Palic, in Serbia. It covers an area of 3.8 square kilometres (1.5 sq mi). The average depth of the lake is 2 metres (6 ft 7 in).
Zavoj Lake (Serbian: Zavojsko jezero) is an artificial lake in eastern Serbia, on the Visocica River.
It was created in 1963 after a major landslide which dammed the river and the natural dam was later replaced with a hydroelectric dam "Zavoj".
Bela Crkva lakes (Serbian: Belocrkvanska jezera) is a group of six artificial lakes near the town of Bela Crkva, in the southern Banat region in Serbian province of Vojvodina.
The lakes emerged as result of gravel exploitation, and the pits were subsequently filled with underground waters.
With clean and unpolluted water suitable for bathing, they are a popular destination, and a small tourist resort.
The Sava is a river in Southeast Europe, a right side tributary of the Danube river discharging in Belgrade. It is 990 kilometres (615 miles) long, including 45-kilometre (28 mi) Sava Dolinka headwater rising in Zelenci, Slovenia – draining the second largest catchment among Danube tributaries after Tisza and covering 97,713 square kilometres (37,727 square miles) of surface area.
It flows through Slovenia, Croatia, along the northern border of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and through Serbia. Its central part is a natural border of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.
The Sava is considered to be the northern border of the Balkan Peninsula.
The Sicevo Gorge (Serbian: Sicevacka klisura), a river gorge in Nisava District, Serbia, is the most prominent geological feature formed by the Nisava River.
The gorge is located between Bela Palanka and Niska Banja; it is 17 km long, 350–400 m deep, in some parts developing canyon-like structures (including the inverse valley slopes at Gradiski kanjon.
The gorge is cut into the Kunovica plateau, between the southern slopes of the Svrljig mountains and the mountain of Suva Planina. The surrounding areas are known for their high-quality vineyards.
The gorge contains a quarry, Ostrovica, and six villages: the largest, Sicevo, gives its name to the whole gorge.
Ovcar-Kablar Gorge (Serbian Latin: Ovcarsko-kablarska klisura) is a gorge in the western Serbia, part of the composite valley of the West Morava river.
With over 300 monasteries built in the gorge since the 14th century, it is known as the "Serbian Mount Athos"
Ada Ciganlija, colloquially shortened to Ada, is a river island that has artificially been turned into a peninsula, located in the Sava River's course through central Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. The name can also refer to the adjoining artificial Sava Lake and its beach.
To take advantage of its central location, over the past few decades, it was turned into an immensely popular recreational zone, most notable for its beaches and sports facilities, which, during summer seasons, can have over 100,000 visitors daily and up to 300,000 visitors over the weekend.
Due to this popularity, Ada Ciganlija has been commonly nicknamed "More Beograda" ("Belgrade's Sea"), which was officially accepted as an advertising slogan in 2008, stylised as More BeogrADA.
The Jegricka, is a river in northern Serbia, in the Backa region of the Vojvodina province, a 65 km-long left tributary to the Tisa river, often erroneously referred to as the longest river in Vojvodina.
The raw power of the Drina has been tamed by dams and lakes (Visegradsko, Perucac and Zvornicko lakes), which has detracted from but not destroyed the beauty of the Drina’s canyons.
Three hydroelectric power stations have been built on the Drina: Visegrad, Bajina Basta and Zvornik.
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The vast majority of Serbia’s territory is dominated by mountains, from the Pannonian hills in the north all the way to the borders with Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia in the south. Serbia’s mountains belong to the Rhodopes, Carpathian, Balkan and Dinaric mountain ranges.
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