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Chudskoye Lake

Subject / Topography/Reservoirs and waterways

LAKE CHUDSKOYE (obsolete: Peipus, Est. Peipsi jarv.) It is located in Estonia and Russian Federation (Pskov Oblast; in Leningrad Oblast, a small portion in Slantsi District.) The lake constitutes a common body of water with Lake Pskovskoye, to which it is connected with a branch. Area: 3600 km2 (greatly varies with level variations.) The max. extension north to south is 72 km, and west to east, 48 km. The lake is shallow (the average depths are 6–8 m, and the max. depth, 14.6 m.) The name originates from the ethnonym “chud”, the name that the Slavs used to call the local Baltic Finnish residents (ancestors of the Vod and Estonians.) The largest rivers flowing into L. C. are Emajõgi (Estonia), Gdova (Russia), Rannapungerja (Estonia); the only one flowing out is the Narova (Narva.) The most important islands are Piirissaar (Estonia) and Gorodets (Russia.) The lake is popular with fishing fans. In the 1980s, the Pskovskoye-and Chudskoye body of water was the most fish-abundant one in the European USSR: they used to catch 22-27 kg of fish from one hectare of area, and 41 kg in some years. Commercial fish: smelt, ruff, perch, roach, bream, pike-perch, whitefish. Since1999, by the initiative of Chudskoy Proyekt, a Pskov Oblast nongovernmental organization, Chudskoy Forum conferences are held annually in Pskov Oblast and Estonia related to development of neighborhood policy and cooperation in the trans-border region.

Chistyakov, Anton Yuryevich

Topographical landmarks/Emaiygi River, the
Topographical landmarks/Gdova River, the
Topographical landmarks/Gorodets Island
Topographical landmarks/Narva River, the
Neighbouring Territories/Pskov Oblast, the
Topographical landmarks/Pskovskoye Lake
Topographical landmarks/Rannapuungerya River, the
Leningrad Oblast, the/Slantsi District

Лесненко В.К. Псковские озера. Л., 1988

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