• River Ob
Altai region
Фото: ВДНХ, г. Барнаул
Altai Territory is the birthplace of the Ob. The river is formed at the confluence of Biya and Katun near Ikonnikov Island near the city of Biysk. Many cities of the region are located on the Ob: Biysk, Barnaul, Novoaltaisk, Kamen-na-Obi and others. The river moves from south to north through the territory of Western Siberia and flows into the Kara Sea.

Obis the longest river in Russia, its length is 5410 km. Basically, the river flows through flat terrain, is full-flowing, with a rather powerful current, but at the same time calm. If one bank of the Ob is steep enough, then the other is flat. When all the thawed waters subside, numerous islets appear on the river - a great place for fishing and recreation. In autumn, the shores amaze with their amazing autumn clothes, the air seems to ring - it is so transparent and clean.

On the riverObfish all year round. Of course, there are seasonal fishing restrictions. The Siberian river is home to bream, carp, crucian carp, perch, pike, burbot and others.

There are several versions of the origin of the name of the river. The simplest and most incorrect: Ob means both, two rivers, Biya and Katun. However, before the conquest of Siberia by Yermak, the region around the Ob was called Obdorsk, which is consonant with the modern name of the river. In Iranian ab, about means "water". The Komi people, who are closer to Siberia, call their aunts and grandmothers the word "obva", and among the ancient peoples, rivers have always been associated with the feminine principle. Another version is a snowball, a snow woman. The Khanty and Mansi gave it the name As - "big river", the Selkups called the river Kwai, Eme, Kuai. These names meant - "large river". Everyone was right: the Ob is covered with a white blanket for a long time, she is big, large, fertile, like a real woman.

Photo: Valery Stepanyuk

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Travel Tips

Many places of rest on the Ob are equipped with signs with contact details of companies that provide transport and rental services.
In summer, water skiing, motorcycle and wakeboarding is possible in the water area of the Barnaul Ob.
Experienced tourists traveling in the Altai Territory should definitely take an evening walk on the water. Trees and shrubs at this time lose their usual forms and become like outlandish plants. It seems that you are moving along an ancient fabulous river.
Where is

Altai region. Many cities of the region are located on the Ob: Biysk, Barnaul, Novoaltaisk, Kamen-na-Obi and others.
How to get there
The river flows through the territory of cities, so it is not difficult to get to it. By city public transport, taxi, private car or on foot. You can get to points remote from cities by river transport: a river station works in Barnaul, motor ships run on schedule. You can get to places that are not included in the river transport route by land (there are roads along the river, bridges are laid across the Ob) or by water by agreement with travel agencies that carry out such transportation.