TARA CANYON - OUR "TEAR OF EUROPE" - Highlander Rafting Camp

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The Tara River flows through the two countries of Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It originates under the mountain Komovi south of Kolašin in Montenegro and with its 144 kilometers, is the longest Montenegrin river. The last third of the Tara River also flows through the Republic of Srpska (BiH) and represents a natural border between the two countries, making it an international river.

The two rivers, Opasnica and Veruša, spring from under the peaks of Komovo and rush down its sides, and when they meet and merge at the foot of the mountain itself, the Tara River is born. In the same way, as it arises and disappears, when after several kilometers of rushing through winding mountain gaps, it meets the river Piva in Šćepan polje - Piva and Tara merge, and the river Drina is born.

Tara is, without any exaggeration, considered a natural pearl, gem, diamond, or any other noble symbol in the north of Montenegro. The mostly turquoise, and sometimes emerald, river cut its bed between high, wooded hills and added beauty to the beauty of the entire region. Its canyon is especially impressive, which according to some data, is about 78 km long, and according to others, about 90 km. On average, it is about 1,000 meters deep, and the deepest is in the part near Mount Obzir, as much as 1,333 meters. That is why the Tara Canyon is considered the deepest in Europe. It is often called the second deepest canyon in the world after the American Colorado Canyon. Otherwise, along its entire length, the Tara River has 69 rapids and as many as 40 waterfalls. The last third of the canyon has the most beech trees and is the most attractive for rafting with rubber boats, kayaks, and wooden rafts.

The Tara River and the Tara Canyon are part of the Durmitor National Park and represent natural assets and riches of exceptional importance. They enjoy high and legally guaranteed protection.

"Tear Of Europe"

The Tara River, with its canyon, is a wonderful natural reserve. Around it are dense black pine, oak, and ash forests full of wild animals, from rabbits and roe deer to foxes, wolves, wild boars, and bears. The river itself is the habitat of trout (which exclusively lives in clean water), bream, grayling, bream, and bream...

The water of Tara is so clear and clean that it can be drunk throughout. During the rafting, you often see local skippers or guests scooping water from the river with their palms and taking a few sips. It is precisely because of its purity that it is called a "tear", and in accordance with the folk catchphrase "clean and clear as a tear". As the people like to boast that it is the cleanest river in Europe, Tara is also called the "Tear of Europe". Tara is also called the "turquoise river" and the "pearl of Montenegro".

Tara tributaries Ljutica, Sušica and Draga

The Tara River has 14 tributaries, the most famous of which are the Ljutica, Sušica, and Draga Rivers.

Ljutica is the left tributary of Tara, and with only 130 meters in length, it is known as the shortest river in Europe. Although small, she is extremely strong and carries everything in front of her. Many say it is impossible to step over it, even in summer when it is shallowest. She is very noisy, and her roar and roar as she charges echoes through the forest. Ljutica is strong and violent, so as it flows along the uneven and rocky bed, all the pianusha. Because of that foam, you can never see the bottom, and because of the foam, its water is white, so many people call it the "White River". However, looking at it, it seems that, instead of the descriptive name, it is better suited to a metaphorical name - Ljutica. The remains of former mills can still be seen on it today.

The river Sušica is a sinkhole in the upper reaches, and it can dry up in the summer, which is how it got its name. It springs from below the peaks of Durmitor. It is most famous for its marvelous 14-kilometer canyon. At the confluence of Sušica and Tara, two canyons meet and form one of the most picturesque and impressive natural reliefs.

The Draga River is the right tributary of the Tara and springs from under the Ljubišnja mountain. And Draga is a sinkhole, 11 kilometers long, and famous for its canyon, which is about ten meters wide, 600 meters deep, and abounds with miraculous waterfalls in it.

History And Geographical Location Of The Tara River Canyon

Tara river canyon is located north of Durmitor Mountain. There, the river made its way between the mountain massifs and hollowed out a rocky bed for itself. In some parts of the canyon, the steep slopes spread towards their peaks or leveled viewpoints, and in some parts, they are extremely vertical and inaccessible for human feet. All those sides are covered with lush forest, so the turquoise river runs through the green oasis, which is an extremely impressive picture all visitors to the Tara Canyon are delighted with.

There are about 80 caves in the Tara Canyon. Most of them have never been explored, and in some of them, which experts entered, even traces of prehistoric man, who lived in them thousands of years ago, were found.

Tara Canyon can be approached from three sides Žabljak, Pljevlja, and Foča. Žabljak is only 26 kilometers away, so you can reach the canyon from this town in about half an hour.

Also, the river is navigable in a length of about 90 kilometers, and descent is possible by rubber boats, kayaks, and canoes, and wooden rafts have the longest tradition of descending the river.

Considering the natural features and, recently the rafting route, the Tara Canyon is divided into an upper and a lower part. The upper one can be said to be a bit calmer because the lower one has the most beech trees and rapids, but it is far from the fact that the upper one is not attractive and attractive with its natural sights.

Upper Part Of Tara Canyon - Splavište, Brštanovica, Bajlovica Sige

The upper part of the Tara Canyon covers the area from Splaviste to Brštanovica. The village of Šljivansko is located near Splavište, so some people use that name instead of Splavište, but since that place has been the starting point for rafting on the Tara for decades, Splavište has become much more established as the official name. It is located about 4 kilometers upstream from the bridge on Đurđevića Tara.

Before the bridge, on the left, is the mouth of the river Ljutica. Her sparkling, "boiling" water mixes with the turquoise Tara. It is one of the noisiest places in the canyon, so many visitors want to record the natural roar of the Ljutica. It is possible to reach the source only by the river.

A special place in the Tara Canyon, perhaps the most beautiful for some, is called Bailovića sige. It is a branched waterfall on the right bank of Tara, which cascades down a green cliff into the river from a height of 30 meters. Its source is some 150 meters away in the steep canyon in the Bučevića cave. In its darkness, water springs up from under a rock, creating a cave lake. The source is very rich because hundreds of liters of water come from it in a second. The water continues to flow from the lake and down the silt, which has been deposited down the slope for centuries, bringing out various minerals from the cave, it flows in the form of numerous small waterfalls in Tara. The scene is like from some old story. By the way, Bučevića cave is full of various stalactites made of crystalline calcium, which have adorned its interior for centuries.

Attractive parts of the upper Tara canyon are the Zeleni Rapid, where swimming is mandatory during rafting, Mušova and Bijela wells, and Rapid Obodin, where there is also the biggest bend where the mother of the river goes straight to the rock wall. From there, the canyon narrows to only about 5 meters, and Tara seems peaceful. At Laza's Stone, Tara is the narrowest, only 4 meters, but that's why this place is also one of the deepest - 16 meters. Downstream is the confluence of the Draga and Tara, the Radovan Luka beach, and the Durmitor National Park campsite. The canyon is very steep when Sušica flows into Tara, from there to Brštanovica. At least seven streams from the surrounding slopes flow into the Tara on that stretch.

Lower Part Of Tara Canyon - Šipčanica Waterfall

The lower part of the Tara Canyon is 18 km long from Brštanovica to Šćepan polje, while this section is longer by land. There are a total of 22 rapids in this section, which is why this section is considered the most attractive for rafting, and the largest rapids are Braštanovicki rapids (lower and upper), Borovi, Ćelije, Mladicki, Vjernovićki, and Čegrilo. It has the biggest drop in that part of the river, so it is also the fastest here.

One of the biggest attractions of the lower Tara Canyon is the Šipčanica stream, which flows into it on the right. There is also a sandy beach where boats with guests dock for a break for swimming and photography. The Šipčanica stream rises at the top of the Tara canyon below Zlatni bor, and towards Tara, it descends down a small canyon with dozens of waterfalls and cascades. After each waterfall, it forms a smaller pool, and the most famous is Šipčanica, 70 meters uphill from the mouth of the Tara. It is probably the most photographed waterfall in the Balkans because everyone who rafts Tara wants to take a picture under this waterfall. The temperature of Šipčanica is also famous for its temperature, which is only 4 degrees in summer, so stepping into its pool and taking pictures under the waterfall is a real challenge. For mountaineers looking for new trails, it is also possible to organize hiking on the Šipčanica ridge all the way to the top of Zlatni Bor.

Next to Šipčenica, one of the most famous waterfalls in the lower part of the Tara Canyon is the Manita hot spring. There, the waterfalls from 20 meters into the Tara, and it's a real experience when the skippers and guests come so close by boat that they almost go under the waterfall. Manita springs are often visible only in spring, ie. at the beginning of the rafting season, when its springs go "crazy" and begin to rush into Tara with great force. This is the main reason why they are called Manita (Crazy) hot springs, and as the summer wears off, only green moss and the occasional drop of its source remain from this waterfall.

Tara emerges from its canyon at the extension near Šćepan polje, where it meets the river Piva (this place is better known as Sastavci by the local population) and the two together create the river Drina.

Rainforest „crna Poda" (Black Floor)

At the beginning of the Tara canyon, near the "Devil's Lies" gorge, where the river is only two to three meters wide, there is a black pine rainforest, "Crna poda". On about 20 hectares, pine trees hundreds of years old were grouped in it. Some are about 50 meters high and one and a half meters in diameter, which is rarely seen anywhere. However, the pine rots, dries up and falls in recent years, and the young pine trees do not grow. It is unknown whether he was affected by some disease or whether the pine forest simply ended.

Somewhere in the late nineties of the last century, engineers from the Forestry Institute of Montenegro counted and measured every tree in the "Crna poda" forest, and according to that record, there were a total of 6,570 trees, of which 1,368 were black pine, 4,860 were beech, while the rest were maple, cherry, and oak. However, although there were three times fewer pine trees than beech, they were much larger, and out of a total of 15,000 cubic meters of wood mass in the forest, 11,000 cubic meters were of pine.

Experts do not rule out the possibility that natural and climatic conditions have changed in the Tara gorge, which has influenced the black pine forest at about 950 meters above sea level to slowly die, and that the new weather conditions now best suit beech, which is spreading aggressively. In addition, they also point to the fact that in the end, this is also a natural decision and that it can easily happen that in a few dozen years, the "Black Floor", which overhangs the Tara River, will become a young beech forest, and from the black pine will remain just name.

Area Under The Protection Of Unesco

Tara and its canyon have been under the protection of UNESCO for almost half a century. Thanks to its clean water, which can be drunk along the entire stream, and diverse and preserved flora and fauna, the Tara Canyon became part of the UNESCO program "Man and the Biosphere" in 1977. Thus, Tara became one of the world's 25 most important natural sights.

Everyone proudly points out that to be placed on the UNESCO protection list, at least one condition must be met, and Tara has fulfilled three of them: hydrological, geological, and biological.

Since 1980, the Tara Canyon has been protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tara and its canyon have been an almost untouched natural oasis for decades, and it looks like it will stay that way. In earlier years, there were attempts to destroy it, first of all with the construction of the "Buk Bijela" dam and hydroelectric power plant on the Tara River. The zero point was predicted exactly at the place of Brštanovica, but this was prevented thanks to the citizens' struggle to save Tara, which was conducted under the slogan "I don't want Bara, I want Tara".

The fight showed that the dam would destroy the Tara Canyon and be a disruptive factor not only for the part that is scheduled for submersion but also for the entire region leaning on the Tara River, so in 2004, the Parliament of Montenegro adopted the Declaration on the Protection of the Tara River.

However, the Republika Srpska did not give up the search for a partner with whom to build this hydroelectric power plant, so in 2021 it signed a cooperation agreement with Serbia and designated the Drina Canyon as the construction site. On that occasion, the presidents of the governments of Republika Srpska and Serbia, Radovan Višković and Ana Brnabić, laid the foundation stone for the construction of the "Buk Bijela" hydroelectric power plant in the municipality of Foča and announced the completion of the works in 4 years. It is planned that Buk Bijela will have a 57-meter-high dam and that the HE power will be 93 megawatts. Bearing in mind that the citizens of the Municipality of Foča in this area make the most of their income from tourism, everyone secretly hopes that the project will not be completed because it would mean the submergence of many rafting camps, which are their source of income, and there is no doubt that the submergence of the upper course of the Drina would affect on the appearance of the lower course of the Tara River.

Bridge On Đurđević Tara

One of the symbols of Tara was created by human hands. It is a unique bridge on the Đurđevića Tara. It is 350 meters long and so wide that only two vehicles can pass each other. It was built in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia from 1938 to 1940. It was designed by Belgrade engineer Mijat Trojanović. What makes it miraculous are the five concrete arches with which the people say they "jumped" the Tara Canyon. The largest arch rises as high as 172 meters above the river and has a span of 116 meters. The other arches are above the mainland and have a smaller span. From the side, it looks like the bridge is stepping over the canyon with its long legs.
When the bridge on the Đurđevića Tara was built, it was the largest road, concrete-arch bridge in Europe, and while it was being built, the highest wooden scaffolding had to be erected for it.

After the bridge on Đurđevića Tara was built, it didn't even get to live, and it was already demolished. Very soon after his endurance test, the Second World War began in the spring of 1941. In 1942, the German forces advanced from Pljevlja towards Durmitor and Žabljak, where there were partisan units, so the Supreme Headquarters of the People's Liberation Army ordered the bridge to be demolished to stop the enemy. That was done by detonating and demolishing the last and smallest arch spanning 44 meters. The bridge was rebuilt immediately after the war and opened for traffic in 1946.

The bridge on the Đurđevića Tara connects two neighboring villages on both sides of the river, Budečevica, and Trešnjica, and connects Pljevlja to Žabljak and Mojkovac more broadly. By the way, this part was called Đurđevića Tara after the Đurđević family, who owned land in that area and engaged in cattle breeding.

Although it was built due to the urgent need for a traffic connection, the bridge on Đurđevića Tara became a tourist attraction. It's grace and unusual appearance perfectly blend into the surrounding nature, even though it was built of concrete as if some kind of rock is in the middle of the greenery.

Next to the bridge, a "zip line" has been set up, so anyone who wants a challenge and a high-altitude adventure can rush across the Tara Canyon on cable. Many call it a flight over the Tara Canyon, which lasts about 3 minutes and has a cable length of 1,200 meters.

What is interesting about this place is the fact that the bridge on Đurđevića Tara was included in the film. In the 1970s, the famous Hollywood actor Harrison Ford shot some shots of the American war film "Force from Navarone" on it.

Legends From Tara Canyon

The area around the Tara Canyon has always been inhabited, and for many of its parts, all kinds of stories have been told over the centuries. They changed over time, some things were added and "embellished" to make them more interesting, and some things were taken away by oblivion. They were transmitted orally, from generation to generation, and became local Taran legends and myths that generations grew up with. Some of such as the First Spring or the legends about Borina and Bjelina, were collected and written down by the writer and journalist Boško Pušonjić, a native of the Pljevan village of Crljenica.

The Legend of the Đurđevića Tara Bridge

When Germany occupied the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the designer of the bridge on the Đurđević Tara, Mijat Trojanović, ended up in a German camp. And his bridge during the war had a similar fate, it was disabled. In the spring of 1942, the occupying forces launched an offensive towards Žabljak and Durmitor, where the partisan units and the NOB Supreme Headquarters were located. To stop them, they say that Supreme Commander Josip Broz Tito personally ordered the demolition of the Đurđevića Tara bridge. It was determined that construction engineer Lazar Jauković, a native of Šavnik, should do it. He mined and demolished the smallest arch of the bridge. After a few months, he was captured by Italian soldiers and shot on the bridge on August 2, 1942.

After that, the story began to spread that Jauković participated in the design and construction of the bridge and that for the sake of a higher goal, he was forced to "kill his son, who he built". Architect Mijat Trojanović returned to Belgrade after the war from captivity, where he worked as a professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and designed dozens more bridges, but for some reason, he never denied the popular story that the bridge on Đurđevića Tara was the work of Lazar Jauković, not his. Trojanović died in 1984 in Belgrade.

At the beginning of the bridge, there is a board with information about when it was built and that Trojanović was its designer. On the other hand, after the reconstruction of the bridge in 1946, a monument with his bust was erected for Jauković.

The Danish writer Dan Danald heard about this extraordinary story about the bridge and described it in his novel "The Land Behind God's Back".

The spring legend of the Goshawk and the Knight

Every spring, an unhappy love was renewed between a wonderful shepherdess who guards a herd of deer by the river and an unusual knight who emerges from the river on a winged horse. She sang a ravishing song every spring. In those moments, the sound of the river would stop, and a white-winged horse would emerge from the dark whirlpool with a knight in green armor on it. He would carry a golden jug full of some drink from which the shepherdess would feel the bliss of love when she drank it. As soon as he drank that sip, the knight would return to the dark depths on a winged boat, and she would still sing on the shore and yearn more and more eagerly for a drink from the golden jug once she did not wait for spring but started singing earlier. She sang in vain and called the knight from the depths. Sad and disappointed, she jumped into the whirlpool for a miraculous drink. Legend has it that a winged horse later emerged from the depths without a knight. He flew high and hid in the clouds. Apparently, even now, from time to time, it circles over Tara. And below, when the snow kingdom collapses every spring, piercing sounds come from the canyon. That's what a drowned goshawk or a green knight calls while abandoned deer roam the mountains.

The legend of the trumpet „Borija“

On the left bank of Tara grew two twin girls, Bojana and Trojana. Both were equally beautiful, so the mother could hardly tell them apart. They were always dressed the same, and they always went together. Legend says that such beauty has never come to these mountains. Not before, not later. And they grew like that to the joy of their parents and everyone who saw them. And when they sing, the whole neighborhood is speechless. Even the birds in the mountain would be silent, and the wind would stop its roar in the pines, and the river would silence its noise. There was not a day when their song could not be heard. Even dawn could not be imagined without their song. The carefree days of youth and song passed like this until a trumpet was heard on the other shore. Penetrating and captivating. From somewhere along the river, a young man, Radovan, arrived with his herd. He carried a trumpet called a "boria", made of tree bark. He played loudly, and the sound of the trumpet broke people's hearts. And so the conversation across the river began - the twins sang, Radovan played. It went on like that all day. This continued until a rich guy came to the village one day and proposed to one of the sisters. The parents agreed to the engagement without question. It was the first day that the sisters did not sing. From the other side of the lake, the sad sound of a trumpet was heard. A sad silence hung over the river. And it lasted like that for three whole days. On the fourth day, the song was heard up to the heavens, and the trumpets began to follow the happy song of the sisters. Twins Bojan and Troyan, through a song, confess to the shepherd that they only love him and that only death will separate them from him. Radovan answered them with a concert. And the fourth day ended sadly. All three jumped into the whirlpool of the river. Such was their love.

A slightly modified legend says that Radovan was in love with both sisters and could not decide who to marry. Since they didn't let him marry both of them, they threw themselves off the rock into Tara, and since then, two caves in the Tara canyon near that place bear the names of two sisters - the cave of Bojana and the cave of Troyana. When Radovan saw what had happened, he threw himself into the river after them. So on the opposite side, the rock from which Radovan jumped got his name - Radovan rock.

The legend of Bjelina

The story of Bjelina says that Herceg Stevan, who lived on the Ljubišnja mountain, on the right bank of the Tara, married his son to a beautiful Durmitor woman. The wedding party went down the mountain, happily crossed Tara, and went to Durmitor to get the girl. There was a famous beauty worthy of an only son. They took her on word and faith because neither the groom nor the father saw her face. Her white face was covered with an even whiter veil as if woven from snowflakes. And the wedding party went to their home. Once again, Tara happily crossed the river and approached the mountain. It was late autumn eve, and some breeze was blowing on the mountain, and suddenly the bride's veil was lifted. As if struck by lightning, the father-in-law saw the beauty of the face, which he had never seen in his dreams. And when they arrived at the mountain pass, the father-in-law ordered that the umbrellas be uncrossed and the lodge is made. And on such a starry night, the father-in-law hides his daughter-in-law under a chador. At that moment, everything stopped, and out of the blue, snow fell and buried everything that was on the mountain. Only through the snowy night did the secret go down the mountain about how one girl's eyes captured the hearts of both father and son. After that night of love, the mountain was named Ljubišnja, and the story lives on in the needles of many embroiderers. And now every autumn the snow falls early, and white chadors line the mountain. Thus, until spring, a white bridal veil spreads over the entire canyon. As a sign of sadness or warning because of strange love, or because of beauty, we don't know.

World Rafting Championship

The rapids and course of the Tara River are so fantastic that it was even twice included in the biggest planetary competition - the World Rafting Championship in 2009 and 2022. Both times the hosts were Republika Srpska (BiH) and the municipalities of Vrbas and Foča, and the Highlander camp was even the coordinator during the 2009 World Cup.

The 2022 World Championship gathered about 400 competitors from 22 countries in Foca, divided into more than 60 teams. Competitors came from Australia, Indonesia, the USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Japan... Many later stated that they looked more at nature in certain moments than trying to steer the raft boats as fast as possible.

These two championships put the Tara River and rafting through its canyon on the map of world competitions. In the meantime, Montenegro was also the organizer of international rafting competitions on Tara: the Euro Cup in 2006 and 2007.

Rafting On The Tara River

Regarding its attractiveness, Tara and the Colorado and Zambezi Rivers are at the top of the world's rivers for rafting. It is fast and dynamic enough, full of rapids and beaches, but it doesn't lack calm sections to take a break, swim or jump off a rock. Everyone who decides to go rafting, either by rubber boat, kayak, or wooden raft, has the opportunity to pass through almost untouched nature, with turquoise water, which flows past numerous waterfalls, tributaries, and fragrant conifers and pine trees that grow from the rocks and tower over the canyon.

In the past, rafting, or rather rafting, existed only on the Drina River, with wooden rafts, and only rafting of logs was carried out through the Tara Canyon until 1970. Commercial rafting with Tara, as we know it today, began in 1999 and represents a specific type of active vacation.

The duration of rafting depends on the height of the water level, weather conditions, and the crew in the boat. The most popular rafting trail is in the lower part of Tara from Brštanovica to Šćepan polje, and even a few kilometers further down the Drina for those who stayed in rafting camps on this river. There are the most rapids and the experience when going down is very strong. In May, when the water level is highest, the descent down the lower course of the canyon lasts from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, and in August and September, it can last up to 4-5 hours. If you decide to go rafting in the most beautiful course of Tara, you need to organize a 60 km long descent, while for rafting from the top (90 km) you need to spend at least one night in the Tara canyon.

Rafting is carried out with rubber boats specially made for wild waters. The boats have a capacity of 8 persons plus skipper or 10 persons plus skipper. Guests who come rafting at Highlander Camp receive complete rafting equipment: neoprene suit and boots in their size, life belt, helmet, and paddle, and in case of rain, they also receive a raincoat. The wild water guide (skipper) plays an important role in rafting, i.e. the person who steers the boat and is also the guide during the descent. Highlander skippers are professionally trained and hold valid whitewater rafting licenses.

Before the start, the skipper gives a short briefing about rafting, and all passengers in the boat must follow the skipper's advice and requirements. During the rafting, tourists can carry cameras and cameras that are stored in special hermetically sealed bags or barrels. At the most attractive places, breaks are made for taking photos and refreshments.

Rafting on Tara represents the most exciting active vacation. It is fast and dynamic enough, full of rapids and rapids, to make your vacation a real adventure, but it does not lack quiet sections for rest, swimming, and jumping from nearby rocks. Along its course, one passes through almost untouched nature, turquoise waves that pass by fragrant conifers, pines that grow from the rocks and tower over its canyon, numerous waterfalls, and mouths of small streams and rivers. Rafting on Tara is a vacation that is hard to forget. One can hardly get enough of this adventure, and every time Tara comes back to it, it seems different, and rafting on it is more challenging.

Frequently Asked Questions

People who want to go rafting in Tara often ask the same questions to get as much information as possible. These are just some of them:

When is the Tara River best for rafting?

The rafting season on Tara lasts from April to October, and each period has its own specifics, which is why guests choose a certain part of the season. In April and May, the Tara water level is high, and the river is extremely fast and cold, so rafting is the most challenging and, according to some, the most exciting. Already in June and July, the water level begins to drop, the days are much warmer, annual vacations begin, and guests have more days to rest and truly enjoy nature. That's when the greatest interest is in rafting. Already in August, the water level is much lower, so families with children, adventurers who have never been rafting, or even non-swimmers who want to enjoy an adventure and feel completely safe decide to go rafting. Companies that want team building in the Tara Canyon mostly come in September. In every period of the season, Tara offers enough excitement for an unforgettable vacation.

What is the temperature of the Tara River?

Tara is a mountain river and, therefore, quite cold. Its average annual temperature is around 8 degrees. If the summer is hot and the air temperature goes up to 30 degrees, then the water in Tara can get a little warm, but again it does not exceed 13 degrees Celsius.

What is the depth of the Tara River?

The depth of Tara varies from time of year. It is deepest in May when the water level is at its peak. In August, there are parts of the river, such as at the beginning of Brštanovica, which can be stepped over and where the Tara is only a meter deep. On the other hand, the highest depth of 16 meters was measured several kilometers upstream near Laza Stone.

How long is the Tara Canyon?

Various data can be found about the length of the Tara Canyon. It seems to depend on where one is measured from. It is most often said that it is 78 kilometers from Splavište, but since the canyon also includes the upstream section up to the Crna Poda rainforest, where the slopes of the Sinjajevina mountain end, then it can be said that the Tara Canyon is 90 kilometers long.

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