The Pechora River flows along the northern boundaries of western Russia. It is one of Europe's great rivers, stretching over 2,000 kilometers from the Ural mountains to the Barents Sea.
The Pechora begins in the southern Ural Mountains at an altitude of 900 meters and spans 2,280 kilometers before reaching the Barents Sea.
Along its course, the Pechora River passes through deep canyons, vast wetlands, and numerous lakes and marshes.
Its major tributaries, the Kuloy, Vyg, and Usa Rivers, and numerous smaller streams feed into the Pechora.
The Pechora River carries significant amounts of melt and rainfall water to the Barents Sea.
It forms a major migration route for many fish species, including Salmon.
The Pechora and its tributaries are a popular destination for game fishing.
The Pechora contains many rapids and is often used for white-water rafting.
Approximately sixty hydroelectric dams operate along the length of the Pechora River.
In its middle and lower reaches, the Pechora irrigates and supplies local drinking water.
The Pechora River is home to many endangered species, including the Caspian Seal.