Yenisei River: Facts and Information

Yenisei River Facts

  • It has a drainage basin of 2.5 million square km, covering a large portion of Siberia.

  • Its average depth is about 14 metres, but some of the waters can be as deep as 24 metres.
  • The Yenisei flows through the city of Krasnoyarsk.
  • Its tributaries include, the Angara River, the Lower Tunguska, and the Tunguska River.
  • The river supports more than 50 different fish species.
  • The Taimyr reindeer herd graze along the banks of the Yenisei during the wintertime.
  • In 2001 Ben Kozel and Colin Angus became the first people to naviage the entire length of the Yenisei River.
  • The river’s name is sometimes written as Yenisey River.
  • The Krasnoyarsk Dam was completed in 1972 and supplies power to an aluminium manufacturing plant.
  • Many ancient nomadic tribes lived on the banks of the Yenisei, including the Ket people, the Yugh people, the Kotts, Assans and Arins.

Yenisei River Fact File

Countries: Mongolia and Russia

Length: Approximately 748 km (465 miles)

Source: Mungaragiyn-Gol Ridge, Mongolia

Mouth: Yenisei Gulf, Kara Sea

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