Angara River

The Angara River is a 1,779-kilometer-long (1,105 mi) river in Irkutsk Oblast and Krasnoyarsk Krai, south-east Siberia, Russia. It is the river that drains Lake Baikal, and is the headwater tributary of the Yenisei River.

Leaving Lake Baikal near the settlement of Listvyanka (at 51.867°N 104.818°E), the Angara flows north past the Irkutsk Oblast’s cities of Irkutsk, Angarsk, Bratsk, and Ust-Ilimsk. It then turns west, enters the Krasnoyarsk Krai, and falls into the Yenisei near Strelka (at 58.102°N 92.991°E, 40 km south-east of Lesosibirsk).

Below its junction with the Ilim River, the Angara has been known in the past as the Upper Tunguska (Russian: Верхняя Тунгуска, Verkhnyaya Tunguska). Confusingly, some maps (e.g., 1773 atlas by Kitchen) referred to this same section of the Angara as Nizhnyaya Tunguska, i.e. the Lower Tunguska – the name that is currently applied to another river.

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