Okkervil River (Neva basin)

The Okkervil River (Russian: Оккервиль) is a river in Leningrad Oblast and the eastern part of the city of Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is the largest left tributary of the Okhta River. It is 18 kilometres (11 mi) long and 1.5 to 25 metres (4.9 to 82.0 ft) wide.

Okkervil River
Physical characteristics
Okhta River
59°56′3.84″N 30°25′17.4″E
Length18 km (11 mi)

The name Okkervil appeared in the 17th century, after the Swedish colonel who owned an estate on the bank. On some ancient maps of Saint Petersburg, the river is called Little Okhta (Russian: Малая Охта) as opposed to Big Okhta. Yet other times it is called Porkhovka (Russian: Порховка).

"Okkervil River" is the title of a well-known short story by Tatyana Tolstaya.[1] The Austin, Texas-based indie rock band named Okkervil River takes its name from the story.


There are eight bridges across Okkervil River:

  • Utkin Bridge
  • Zanevsky Bridge
  • Yablonovsky Bridge
  • Rossijsky Bridge
  • Kollontay Bridge
  • Podvoisky Bridge
  • Tovarischesky Bridge
  • Dybenko Bridge


  1. Helena Goscilo Fruits of Her Plume: Essays on Contemporary Russian 1317470036... 2015- Page 67 "Tolstaia's “Okkervil River,” one of her most poetic stories, about a man's dream ... the limit of the world poetically embodied in the “Okkervil River” (which actually exists in Leningrad/St. Petersburg) can be "

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