The Tara River Canyon, also known as the Tara River Gorge, is a canyon on the Tara River in Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Canyon at its deepest is around 1,300 meters deep. These parameters make the Tara River Canyon among deepest river canyon in Europe and indeed the world.
The canyon stretch within Montenegro is protected as a part of Durmitor National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tara River cuts through the canyon. Tara Canyon can be divided into two parts-the upper part of the canyon and the lower part of the canyon. There are two starting points for a raft boats, kayaks, canoes, hydrospeed – and other vessels.
The Tara River, at its end making confluence with the Piva, becomes the Drina and is some hundred and fifty kilometers long. In its passage through the Tara National Park, the river has a mean fall of 3.6 meters/kilometer, making a host of waterfalls and cascades possible, thus creating what is known as the Montenegrin Colorado.
Rafting in Tara River Canyon
The canyon is part of the Tara River rafting route. The one-day rafting route, from Brstnovica to Sćepan Polje, is 11 mi long and it takes 2 to 3 hours. This part of the canyon is the most exciting because the river has the biggest drop in elevation in the shortest length.
There are 21 out of 50 rapids in that part of the Tara. The rapids are Brstanovići, Pećine, the very dangerous Celije Rapids and Vjernovički rapids. If one decides to go all the way, rafting adventure is 62 mi long. At the beginning one will see the waterfalls of Ljutica, then you will pass under the 541 feet high monumental bridge of Tara.
Next thing you can see on this exciting journey is the old Roman road and the Lever Tara. “Funjički Bukovi” and “Bijele Ploče” will make you realize how calm and up to this moment nice Tara becomes a wild beauty. “Nisovo Vrelo” is the deepest part of the canyon (3608 feet high). Further is the bottom of the mountain top, “Curevac” (5413 feet), that rises above Tara as its “eternal guardian” and one of the nicest viewpoints of the Durmitor area.