Louros (river)


The Louros (Greek: Λούρος) is a river in the Epirus region, in northwestern Greece. It is 80 km (50 mi) long,[1] and its drainage area is 963 km2 (372 sq mi).[2] It emerges from the ground in a large spring located immediately north of the village of Vouliasta, in Ioannina regional unit. It flows south through a canyon, and then a dam followed by a hydroelectric power station. The Louros flows past town of Filippiada, forming the boundary between Arta regional unit and Preveza regional unit. The river then veers east into the Preveza regional unit, flowing through the municipality of Louros, named after the river. The Louros then empties into the marshes at the northern end of the Ambracian Gulf.

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Course of the Louros
Physical characteristics
 • locationVouliasta, Ioannina regional unit, Epirus
 • coordinates39°25′55″N 20°50′28″E / 39.43194°N 20.84111°E / 39.43194; 20.84111
 • location
Ambracian Gulf
 • coordinates
39°02′50″N 20°46′42″E / 39.04722°N 20.77833°E / 39.04722; 20.77833Coordinates: 39°02′50″N 20°46′42″E / 39.04722°N 20.77833°E / 39.04722; 20.77833
Length80 km (50 mi)
Basin size963 km2 (372 sq mi)

With Strymon river, Louros is one of only two rivers in the world where the critically endangered Greek lamprey (Caspiomyzon hellenicus) has been found.


  1. ^ Greece in Figures January - March 2018, p. 12
  2. ^ "Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment" (in Greek). Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change. p. 54. Archived from the original on 15 February 2020.