The Shortest Rivers In The World That You Probably Havent Heard Of

There are the longest and biggest rivers in the world, and there are also the ones that are considered the shortest by World Records, which you probably have never heard of.
November 20, 2021 | 08:20

When people talk about rivers, they will think of the long, beautiful water flows that run through mountains, forests and provide water for the living. Water from rivers is diverted for flood control, irrigation, power generation, drinking, and even waste disposal. This is true for many rivers on this planet. But there are also rivers that are so short that you could walk the entire length of it within a few minutes. If you do not believe such rivers exist, here are some of them, and are considered the most impressive ones in the world.

Tamborasi River

Photo: SampaiJauh
Photo: SampaiJauh

Southeast Sulawesi Province is part of Indonesia and it offers stunning vacation spots for travelers. For example, there is Tamborasi River, which resides in Wolo District. The name is derived from the village of which the river is located, Tamborasi Village. The river combines serene nature and flawless water, which becomes a perfect location for relaxation and recreation. It is even possible to explore it using a wooden boat, as long as you approach the villagers appropriately.

The thing is Tamborasi River has a short size, which is 20 m in length and 15 meters in width. With this fact, Tamborasi becomes the 2nd shortest river in the world following Georgia’s Reprua River. Despite this thing, the river is quite beautiful with its natural scenery. Not to mention the location is considered unique and it appears like a lake. In fact, some people often get confused whether it is a river or not and they come to the river to take some pictures. Thanks to those unique features.

The water comes from a fountain located in the nearby rocky hill. The color is green and it feels quite refreshing, which is similar to that of the lake. In terms of location, the river is located near Tamborasi Beach (only a few meters from it). That means tourists are able to visit two different tourist spots at once. On top of that, the water feels different from each location. The beach offers warm water, while the river offers cold and fresh water. Thus, you can choose in which location you are going to swim, according to Indonesia Tourism.

Reprua River

Photo: Amusing Planet
Photo: Amusing Planet

The Reprua is a river in the Gagra district of Abkhazia, Georgia. Only 18 m (59 ft) long, it is one of the shortest named rivers in the world. Sources of the river are the springs in the karst Krubera Cave. The Reprua flows into the Black Sea, in the southwestern outskirts of Gagra.

The mountain rivers of Abkhazia may well compete with others for the title of the coldest waters of the world. Coldwater in the Reprua River can be compared with spring water both in temperature and purity.

The name Reprua means “play of fresh water on the sea surface”.

Ombla River

Photo: World Rivers
Photo: World Rivers

The Ombla is a short river in Croatia, its course is approximately 30 meters (98 feet) long, and it empties into the Rijeka Dubrovačka embayment of the Adriatic Sea. Rijeka Dubrovačka is actually a ria, a flooded river valley formed through changes in sea surface elevation on a geologic time scale.

It is clearly a wide water course, but very short. Its discharge is 23,9 m³/s, so enough to be recognized as a true river. Until recently, the Roe River in Montana, USA, was considered the shortest river in the world with its length of 30 – 60 meters, depending on the season, and it was even placed in Guinness World Records. The Reprua River in Georgia, only 27 m (89 ft) long, is considered the shortest named river in the world.

Ombla is short, but the drainage basin is huge. It is estimated to cover an area of at least 600 square kilometres (230 square miles), and up to 900 square kilometres (350 square miles) between the Adriatic Sea coast in the area of Dubrovnik and Popovo Polje in Bosna and Herzegovina. Other than the short surface course of the river, the drainage basin includes groundwater only. The exact boundaries of the drainage basin vary depending on prevailing hydrological conditions determining groundwater seepage and flow.

The spring is the largest karst spring in Croatia, and one of the largest ones in the Dinarides. The water springs from the huge, monolitic rock. The rock is hiding a cave called Vilina cave (Fairy cave). Vilina špilja-Ombla has the highest biodiversity of cave fauna in Croatia, to date 150 taxa is known with a high share of endemic fauna, 23 of them are in The Red Book of Cave Fauna of Croatia. By some accounts, it is TOP 7 cave in the world, regarding its biological richness, according to World Rivers.

Roe River

Photo:  NBC Montana
Photo: NBC Montana

The Roe River runs from Giant Springs to the Missouri River near Great Falls, Montana, United States. The Roe River is only 201 feet (61 m) long at its longest constant point and had been named as the World's Shortest River by the Guinness Book of World Records before Guinness eliminated the category. Towards its mouth, the Roe is about 6–8 feet (1.8–2.4 m) deep.

In fact, the Roe River is often called the shortest river in the world and was actually awarded that Guinness World Record in 1987 after some petitioning by a group of local elementary students. (As a sign on the riverbank explains, it was also given the name “Roe” at the time, meaning fish eggs, for its proximity to the State Fish Hatchery.)

The title was challenged several times before Guinness discontinued the category, however, and by many measurements, there are shorter rivers elsewhere in the world, including the Tamborasi River in Indonesia and the Kovasselva River in Norway, which both come in at just 65.6 feet long. The Roe River can boast of being the shortest in the United States, though, rivaled only by the D River in Oregon, according to Atlas Obscura.

Not only is Roe a notable record holder, but it is also probably one of the more beautiful places to visit in Great Falls. Nearby there is the fish hatchery, a park, a playground, a walking trail, and multiple places to hike and fish.

D River

Photo: Amusing Planet
Photo: Amusing Planet

The D River is a river in Lincoln City, Oregon, United States. The once-nameless river was at one time the "shortest river in the world" in the Guinness World Records at 440 feet (130 m).

The world's shortest title was lost in 1989 when Guinness named the Roe River in Montana as the world's shortest. Attempting to reclaim the title, the people of Lincoln City submitted a new measurement to Guinness of about 120 feet (37 m) marked at "extreme high tide". At that time, Lincoln City's Chamber of Commerce described the Roe as a "drainage ditch surveyed for a school project". Montana supporters shot back that the D was merely an "ocean water backup," pointed out that there was an alternative fork to the Roe which was only 30 feet (9.1 m) long, and suggested that a new survey be conducted. Guinness apparently never ruled on the dispute, leaving the claim by the Roe to stand, but instead, starting in 2006, chose to no longer list the shortest river, possibly as a result of this ongoing dispute.

The D river flows from Devils Lake, under U.S. Route 101, and into the Pacific Ocean, entirely within the city limits of Lincoln City. The D River State Recreation Site off Highway 101 is home to two of the world's largest kite festivals in the summer and fall. This area was originally settled as the town of Delake, which was later incorporated with other nearby towns to form Lincoln City in 1965. The river had been known by several names, including simply "the outlet", and earned its short name in a contest.

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