Map of the Volga watershed with the Kama highlighted
360 m (1,180 ft)
|River mouth||Volga River|
|Basin size||507,000 km2 (196,000 sq mi)|
|Length||1,805 km (1,122 mi)|
The Kama (Russian: река́ Ка́ма, IPA: [ˈkamə]; Tatar: Cyrillic Чулман, Latin Çulman; Udmurt: Кам) is a major river in Russia, the longest left tributary of the Volga and the largest one in discharge; it is larger than the Volga before junction.
It starts in the Udmurt Republic, near Kuliga, flowing northwest for 200 kilometres (120 mi), turning northeast near Loyno for another 200 kilometres, then turning south and west in Perm Krai, flowing again through the Udmurt Republic and then through the Republic of Tatarstan, where it meets the Volga.
Before the advent of the railroads, the Kama was connected by important portages with the basins of the Northern Dvina and the Pechora. In the early 19th century, Northern Ekaterininsky Canal connected the upper Kama with the Vychegda River (a tributary of the Northern Dvina), but was mostly abandoned after just a few years due to low use.
The Kama was featured in the 2013 Russian film The Geographer Drank His Globe Away, in the climactic rapids scene.
Dams and reservoirs
The Kama is dammed at several locations:
- At Perm, by the dam of the Kama Hydroelectric Station, forming the Kama Reservoir;
- At Chaykovsky, by the dam of the Votkinsk Hydroelectric Station, forming the Votkinsk Reservoir;
- At Naberezhnye Chelny, by the dam of the Nizhnekamsk Hydroelectric Station, forming the Nizhnekamsk Reservoir.
- Crossing of the rivers Chusovaya (tributary) and Kama
- Picture of Kama River and city of Perm
- View in Yelabuga
- "Definition of Kama River in English". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 11 January 2014.