The White Drin (Albanian: Drini i Bardhë; Serbian: Бели Дрим or Beli Drim; Turkish: Akdrin) is a river in Kosovo and northern Albania, a 175-kilometre (109 mi)-long headstream of the Drin.
Course : Kosovo
The Kosovan section of the White Drin flows entirely in the semi-karst Metohijan part of Kosovo, in an arc-shaped 156-kilometre (97 mi)-long course. The river originates in the southern slopes of the Zhleb (Srb: Žljeb) mountain, north of the town of Peja (Srb: Peć). The stream is originally a sinking river which eventually springs out from the strong well and falls down as a 25-metre (82 ft)-high waterfall named the White Drin Waterfall near the village of Radovac.
The White Drin first flows to the east, next to the spa of Banja e Pejes (Srb.: Pećka Banja) and the villages of Banje, Trbuhovac and Zlakućan, where it receives the Istočka river from the left and turns to the south. The rest of the course is through the very fertile and densely populated central section of Metohija (Podrima region), but oddly, there is not even one large settlement on the river itself, despite many smaller villages on the river. The largest cities are kilometers away from the river (Peć, Đakovica, Prizren) while some smaller towns (Klina) and large villages (Velika Kruša, Đonaj) are closer to it. The White Drin also creates the small White Drin Canyon in Kosovo.
The Albanian section of the river is 19 km (12 mi) long with the drainage area of 604 km2 (233 sq mi). There are no settlements on the river and it receives the Lumë river from the left (which also originates in Metohija, from several rivers in the Gora region). Finally, the White Drin reaches the town of Kukës where it meets the Black Drin and forms the Drin, which flows into the Adriatic Sea; thus the White Drin belongs to the Adriatic Sea drainage basin. The river is not navigable.