Darkest Waters Around the Globe

Swimming in Shadow: The Darkest Waters Around the Globe

After reading THIS article on the clearest swimming holes around the world, Booker Travels wanted to see the darker side of things. These blackwater rivers are created when a deep river with a very slow current moves through swampland with lots of trees and plants. Certain chemicals from the plants move into the water (don’t worry, they’re not dangerous!) and stain it brown or black. Check them out!

Rio Negro

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The largest blackwater river in the world, the Rio Negro is a 400-mile tributary of the Amazon River. These tea-colored waters flood nearby land almost 10 miles in each direction during the wet season. Travel these dark waters at this time, and you’ll find it a veritable sea, complete with islands and complicated currents running along its length.

Tahquamenon River (and waterfall)

Photo by: topofthelake.com

This blackwater river includes not one waterfall, but two! Located in eastern Michigan, the Tahquamenon flows into Lake Superior. In the winter, watch as the water pours over the two drops, freezing in mid-air forming a spectacular 50-foot ice-sculpture. It’s in a national park too, so there are tons of hikes and tours that can help you experience this river to the fullest.

Sebangau National Park

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Sebangau is in Indonesia, and thus has some of the coolest wildlife in the world—however, the ecosystem of this blackwater river is in grave ecological danger. Almost 85% of Sebangau forest, where the river runs, has been destroyed due to illegal logging, putting many rare species in peril of extinction. Sebangau has the largest population of Orangutans, among other animals, and is also home to the Agile Gibbon, another declining primate species.

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