Ob' River / Barnaul

The river gives different opportunities for the rest for its visitors. First, its banks is a great chance for contemplation and speculations and a good way of travelling by any water transport: there are organized ship and motor boat trips, trips around and outside the region. Second, a lot of people come here because of fishing and finally, it is an active rest and aqua biking that attract tourists.

The Ob' is the longest river in Russia; it is calm, mighty and full-flowing. One bank is flat and the other is steep. In autumn the banks are very beautiful and covered with colorful leaves and the water becomes transparent. At the end of spring, when the snow and ice melt, there appear a lot of islands that can be used for camping and fishing.

There is a 24/7 fishing on the river. The waters are rich in pike, bream, carp, crucian carp, ide, dogfish, etc.

Rich Surgut Land
The first travellers through the Ob'-Novgorod merchants of the IXth century. They called this region Ugarskaya land. In its original presentations of Novgorodians there lived very rich people. The travellers told that animals- squirrels and deers- fall there as rain from the black clouds. Fur and fish pantries that is how Ob' lands were called.
Novgorodians Considered Ob' As Their Own
In the beginning of the second millennium Niznyaya Ob' had been included in the volost of Great Novgorod, and then Moscow princes thought it was theirs. But Russian reign could considered it as theirs only after the conquest of Siberian lands by Ermak.
The length of the Ob is 3650 km, the square of its drained basin is 2 990 000 km²
There Are Several Version Of Origin Of Name
The most simple and incorrect is that the Ob' means-both, two rivers, the Biya and the Katun'. Before the conquest of Siberia by Ermak the area around the Ob' was called Obdorskiy, which resonates well with modern name of the river. On Iranian language ab, ob means "water". More closer to Siberia the komi people call ladies, grandmothers with the word "obva", and ancient peoples the rivers always were connected with Yin.
One more version is a snow ball, snow woman. Khanty and Mansi gave the name to it As-"big river", Selkups called the river Kwai, Eme, Kuiya. These names meant "large river". All of them were right: the Ob' is covered with a white blanket for a long period of time, it is big, large, fertile, as a real woman.