Varzuga(redirected from Varzuga River)
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a river in the southern part of the Kola Peninsula (Murmansk Oblast, RSFSR); flows into the White Sea. Length, 254 km; basin area, 9,840 sq km. In its middle and lower course the Varzuga has many rapids, of which the largest is the Padun (with three waterfalls). The Varzuga is fed predominantly by snow. In spring the water level rises by 2-2.5 m. The average year-round water discharge is 77 cu m per sec; in May and June this discharge reaches 300 cu m per sec. The river freezes over in October and opens up again in May. Lumber can be floated down the river.