Lepenica (Great Morava)

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Country Serbia
Physical characteristics
River mouth Great Morava
44°09′34″N 21°08′23″E / 44.1594°N 21.1397°E / 44.1594; 21.1397Coordinates: 44°09′34″N 21°08′23″E / 44.1594°N 21.1397°E / 44.1594; 21.1397
Basin features
Progression Great MoravaDanubeBlack Sea
Basin size 625 km2 (241 sq mi)[1]

The Lepenica (Serbian: Лепеница) is a river in the region of Šumadija, in central Serbia. It is 48 km (30 mi) long and runs through the town of Kragujevac.

The Lepenica springs in the village of Goločelo, southwest of Kragujevac. It receives 37 tributaries, many of which spring on the slopes of the Gledić mountains. It flows into the Great Morava, at Lapovo. It used to be navigable for small vessels, but today is reduced to the minor stream.[2]

Still, the river was known for floods, especially after the streams and creeks from the Gledić mountains rise during the heavy rains. The greatest flood happened in 1897, when the river completely changed its course, leaving the old river bed, and shortening itself for 12 km (7.5 mi), from 60 km (37 mi) to 48 km (30 mi). The banks on its course through Kragujevac were arranged for the first time in 1970, after a major flood. The quay was reconstructed and strengthened in 2017-18.[2]


  1. ^ Velika Morava River Basin, ICPDR, November 2009, p. 2
  2. ^ a b Brane Kartalović (1 December 2017), "Popravlja se korito Lepenice" [The riverbed of Lepenica is repaired], Politika (in Serbian), p. 14 

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