Ibar River

Ibar River

Ibar River originates on the wild northern part of Hajla Mountain (2400 meters) in Montenegro, close to the town of Rozaje and the border between Serbia. Ibar River flows direction east to Kosovska Mitrovica, and on 24th km from there a 110 meters high dam has been built which created the artificial Gazivode Lake. Sitnica River joins Ibar in Kosovska Mitrovica from where the river turns towards north. Ibar River then continues mostly along narrow gorges, except somehow more wider ravines near Zvecan, Leposavic, Raskaand Baljevac. There the Ibar river cut its natural course between the Kosovo plain terrain and the rest of Serbia.

Ibar River makes a beautiful valley and flows through municipalities of Raška and Kraljevo creating 65 km long Ibar Gorge whose one part is known as the “Kings Valley” or the “Lilac Valley” thanks to the large number of Medieval Monasteries built along the river course by Serbian Kings. Ibar River in Kosovska Mitrovica divides the town into two parts. Ibar River empties in Zapadna Morava River in Kraljevo.

Ibar River flows through picturesque scenery of West Serbia. Ibar River has lots of rapids, slews and cascades. Several mountainous rivers are tributaries of Ibar River – Studenica, Raska, Dubočica, Sitnica, Lopatnica i Pivnica Rivers. Ibar River is very convenient for fishing rafting and kayaking. “Veseli spust” /Happy Raft/ is organized every spring on Ibar River that is exciting sport and tourist event – rafting from Maglic Fortress up to town of Kraljevo. The most suitable period of rafting on Ibar River starts in May and ends in October. The water level of Ibar River in May and June is rather high due to snow melting so the rapids provide the 4th and the 5th grade of the wild waters. This part of the Ibar River abounds in rapids, whirlpools and narrow passes followed by the calm course of the water. 25 km long adventurous rafting on Ibar River ends after 3,5 hours below the Medieval Maglic fortress. The lighter Ibar River rafting starts at the point below the Maglic fortress and ends by Mataruška Banja Spa passing length of 16 km. During the summer time waters of Ibar River become clear and transparently blue what makes is ideal for cool bathing.

Ibar River Rafting and Drina River Party