Medveditsa River (Don basin)

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Medveditsa River
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Medveditsa River near Atkarsk
Location
CountryVolgograd and Saratov Oblast, Russia
Physical characteristics
Source 
 ⁃ locationVolga Uplands
Mouth 
 ⁃ location
Don River
Length745 km (463 mi)
Basin size34,700 km2 (13,400 sq mi)
Discharge 
 ⁃ average69 cubic metres per second (2,400 cu ft/s)

Medveditsa (Russian: Медве́дица) is a river in Volgograd and Saratov Oblasts in Russia, a left tributary of the Don River. The name means she-bear, and according to legend alludes to the large population of bears in the area in earlier times, it is 745 kilometres (463 mi) long, with a drainage basin of 34,700 square kilometres (13,400 sq mi).

The river has its sources on the Volga Uplands, in the northeastern parts of Saratov Oblast, and flows mainly in a southwestern direction, it joins the Reka Don in Volgograd Oblast near Zatonski. Its largest tributaries are, from the right: Balanda and Tersa, and from the left: Idolga, Karamysh and Archeda.

The towns of Petrovsk, Atkarsk, Medveditsa [ru] (Frank), Zhirnovsk and Mikhaylovka are situated on the Medveditsa. The river is navigable to Atkarsk.

Coordinates: 49°34′35″N 42°38′19″E / 49.5763°N 42.6385°E / 49.5763; 42.6385