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Loja left tributary waterfall

Waterfall on the left tributary of Loja River, April 2023
Waterfall on the left tributary of Loja River, April 2023. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Next to the busy road from Riga to Valmiera near Murjani Village is a small natural wonder: a waterfall. This charming cascade leaps through the air directly into the river.

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GPS coordinates
57.1503 N 24.6829 E
Location, address
Europe, Latvia, Vidzeme, Sigulda municipality, Krimulda parish, in Loja River Valley to the east from Riga-Valmiera (A3) road, left bank of Loja River
Name in Latvian
No official name, could be named as “Ūdenskritums uz Lojas kreisā krasta pietekas”
2.3 – 2.5 m
0.1 – 0.3 m

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Waterfall on the left tributary of Loja River, May 2002
Waterfall on the left tributary of Loja River, May 2002. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Loja River is one of the smaller streams within Gauja National Park. It winds through picturesque Devonian sandstone canyons, eventually flowing into the Gauja River.

Within this canyon, there are at least three smaller waterfalls. However, one stands out: occasionally, it forms a stream that leaps directly into the Loja River. This particular waterfall is quite small, measuring only 0.1 to 0.3 meters wide and approximately 2.3 to 2.5 meters high. It flows consistently throughout the year.

The stream responsible for this waterfall appears to be relatively recent. It might be the outflow of a reclamation ditch created before the 1990s. Had it been an older, natural stream, it would have gradually eroded the fairly fragile sandstone, resulting in a canyon without such a vertical leap of water over the cliff face.

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