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Bosna

Bosna River rises from karst wells in the village Vrutci near Ilidza, at the foothill of Igman Mountain, 500 meters above the sea level. The spring is one of the main tourist attractions in Sarajevo. It is the third longest river in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the country’s three major rivers, along with Neretva and Vrbas.


Bosna River flows 271 kilometers through the central part of Bosnia and in the Roman period it was called Bosona. It is supposed that this is probably the Illyrian origin of the name Bosnia.
Bosna River flows into Sava River near Bosanski Samac. Its largest tributaries are Zeljeznica, Miljacka, Fojnica, Lasva, Gostovic, Krivaja, Usora, and Spreca.
Bosna River Valley is home to almost a million people, where cities and towns of Sarajevo, Visoko, Kakanj, Zenica, Zavidovici, Zepce, Maglaj, Doboj, Modrica and Bosanski Samac are situated.

Drina
Drina River (460 kilometers long) is formed by the confluence of Montenegro´s rivers Tara and Piva. Near the place where it is formed, in Scepanj Polje, Drina River enters Bosnia and Herzegovina. Drina is the greatest and the most important tributary of Sava River.
The greatest part of its area is situated on the territory of Montenergo, Serbia, while 37% of the area belongs to the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Drina River is a natural border between Bosnia and Serbia.
Color of water is mostly green due to the limestone that constitutes a major part of the area in which the river carved its bed. Drina is a very fast river with cold water. Its huge hydro-energy has being exploited by hydroelectric power plants.
Drina River is famous for its attractive canyon landscapes, reservoirs and fish resources. It is a real heaven for fishermen and also a perfect place for various water sports such as rafting and kayaking. The log-floating is also a tradition on Drina River. The artificial lake is spreading from Perucac to Visegrad through a magnificent canyon.

 

Neretva
“Green Pearl”, Neretva River, flows through Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. It is about 220 kilometres long and it is the largest river eastern of the Adriatic Basin.
Neretva has its spring deep in the Dinaric Alps, beneath Zelengora Mountain in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the beginning, Neretva is narrow and fast, with lot of canyons, cliffs and hollows, it  becomes slower as relief lowers, and it eventually expands into a wide valley which provides valuable agricultural land. It also forms a large accumulation lake close to Jablanica. The upper stream of Neretva has almost certainly the coldest river water in the world.
The largest city on Neretva River is Mostar. Other towns on Neretva River are Konjic, Jablanica, Capljina, Metkovic, as well as the historical village of Pocitelj, a famous medieval place in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The main tributaries of Neretva are Rakitnica, Rama, Buna, Bregava and Trebizat.
Neretva River offers great conditions for the rafting. Rafters will enjoy when wild and calm waters of Neretva alternate and they will admire magnificent views.
Emerald green and fascinating blue waters of Neretva River may lose their appeal if authorities proceed with plans to build new hydropower plants on the river, against which associations of ecologists, environmentalists and fishermen have already protested and which would completely change the ecosystem.
Neretva River is unique in its beauty and the diversity of its landscape and in spite of the transformation of wilderness into tamed waters and arable land, the landscape around Neretva River has preserved its beauty and romance.

 
Pliva

The region of Pliva River is located in the northern part of the central Bosnia. It is a natural connection between Jajce, Jezero and Sipovo.
Pliva River is famous for its clean water, greenness and powerful and wonderful sources. At its exit from Jezero, towards Jajce, Pliva forms two lakes, Malo (Small) Pliva Lake and Veliko (Great) Pliva Lake. There is Pliva Waterfall at a place where Pliva River flows into Vrbas River, just below the Old Town. It is notable more for its volume of water than for its height of 27 meters. Pliva River, together with region of Pliva, makes an extraordinary natural beauty and is a real tourist attraction.
You could enjoy hiking, fly-fishing, rafting, kayaking and canoeing in the valley of Pliva River, which also plays a vital role in the economic and ecological development of the region.
Pliva River is considered to be the best river for fly fishing in Europe, with fishing paths on the banks and pure water. There are considerable autochthonous populations of grayling and trout.

Rakitnica

  This small mountain river has been trying to find its way through rocks, creating a series of canyons, rapids, waterfalls and calm basins. Passing between the mountains Bjelasnica and Visocica, Rakitnica River formed an attractive canyon, whose most beautiful parts are hard to be accessed. There are few bridges on the canyon on paths connecting villages with other side.
Due to its unique beauty and inaccessibility, Rakitnica is a real challenge for alpinists, fishermen and many nature fans. The most attractive part of the river is located between a bridge on the road Lukomir - Bobovica and Lucica. That is the stream of the river of around four to five kilometers, with the fall of around 300 meters and many rapids and waterfalls.


 
Sanica
Sanica River is a clear and cold mountain river with springs at the foothill of Grmec. It is the left tributary of Sana River.
  From its source to the mouth near Vrpolje, Sanica River has many rapids that attract fishermen and swimmers, as well as other fans of pure nature. Sanica River is very accessible for fly-fishing. Its waters are rich in grayling and brown trout.


 
Una
River Una was named by Romans, who exclaimed "Una!" when they saw it for the first time, which means the one and only in Latin.
Una River emerges in Donja Suvaja and Donji Lapac from the hills of Pljesevica and Strazbenica Mountains in Croatia, and it flows into Sava River near Jasenovac. The river, 212.5 km long, is a border between Croatia and Bosnia. Una rises as a typical karst spring surrounded by the steep cliffs. Barriers made of sedimentary rocks create numerous waterfalls. Una River is unique by its whirlpools, waterfalls, and its course.
Its source reminds of a small lake of azure and green color, encircled by limestone rocks. It is protected as a geographic-geologic landmark of nature. Its main tributaries are Srebrenica, Unac, Krusnica, Mljecanica, Mostanica, Sana, Klokot and Zirovac rivers. 
Twenty-nine kinds of fish live in this river and almost 200 medicinal herbs grow along Una River, while Proteus newt lives in Una River basin in the underwater of Grmec Mountain.
Una River abounds in marvelous rapid streams, splendid waterfalls and fascinating whirlpools and it is a real heaven for rafters, who will be mesmerized by its beauty and the splendor of the canyons along the riverside. Una Regatta is a traditional international event whose aim is the promotion of potentials of this river and its natural environment. Besides the rafting, this event includes jumping from the bridges in Bihac and Bosanska Krupa. Una River also offers opportunities for fishing, cycling, biking and camping.

 


Unac
Unac River emerges near Drvar, flows through it and goes into Una River in Martin Brod. It is a mountain river and the right tributary of the Una River.
The banks of the river are almost intact and they are a real heaven for fishermen and fly-fishing. Unac is full of autochthonous species of grayling and trout and it is very rich in big rainbow and brown trout.

Vrbas
Vrbas River, a fast mountain 250 kilometers long river, appears at the southern slope of Vranica Mountain and flows into Sava River near Srbac, in the western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its main tributaries are Pliva, Crna Rijeka, Ugar and Vrbanja.
In its upper stream, from the source to Jajce, Vrbas River is a mountain river with many rapids and cascades. In the middle, the river is trying to find its way through a limestone canyon, while it is a typical lowland river in its lower stream from Banja Luka to its mouth.
Vrbas River is one of the most beautiful mountain rivers. Before it enters Banja Luka, the river passes through the Canyon of Vrbas, whose cliffs are home of eagles, hawks and falcons. It is perfect for water sports, such as rafting and kayaking. Since the river is rich in fish, it is one of the most attractive rivers for fishermen.
In 2005, the European Championships in Rafting were held on Vrbas River, while the World Rafting Championship took place in 2009.


 


 

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