Pyasina River

Pyasina River (Russian: Пясина) is a river in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia. The river is 818 kilometres (508 mi) long, and its basin covers 182,000 square kilometres (70,000 sq mi). The Pyasina River originates in Lake Pyasino and flows into the Pyasino Gulf of the Kara Sea. There are more than 60,000 lakes in the basin of the Pyasina covering a total area of 10,450 square kilometres (4,030 sq mi). The river freezes up in late September or early October and stays under the ice until June. It is connected to the Chetyrekh River through the Starica right tributary.

Pyasina River
Basin of the Pyasina
Native nameПясина
RegionKrasnoyarsk Krai
Physical characteristics
  coordinates69°40′12″N 87°51′36″E
  elevation28 m (92 ft)
MouthPyasino Gulf
Kara Sea, Arctic ocean, Russia
73°54′00″N 87°02′50″E
Length818 km (508 mi)
Basin size182,000 km2 (70,000 sq mi)
  average2,550 m3/s (90,000 cu ft/s)
Basin features
  leftAgapa, Mokoritto, Pura
  rightChernaya, Dudypta, Yangoda, Tareya, Binyuda


The Dvina merchant Kondratiy Kurochkin reached the mouth of the Pyasina in 1610.[1] In 1614, an ostrog was built on the river to collect yasak from the natives.[1] In 1935, before the Dudinka-Norilsk railway had been built, the Pyasina River and Lake Pyasino were used to deliver cargo to the site of the future city of Norilsk.[2]

Taimyr reindeer herd

The calving grounds of the Taimyr reindeer herd, a migrating tundra reindeer (R.t. sibiricus), the largest reindeer herd in the world,[3][4] is along the right bank of the Pyasina River and at the bend of the middle flow of the Agape River.[5]:336


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