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 The Gaula River

Gaula River flows through the Gauldal valley in Sør-Trøndelag. It is the biggest river in Central Norway. The river begins in Holtålen near the mountain Kjølifjellet. It then flows through Holtålen, Midtre Gauldal, and Melhus before emptying into the Trondheimsfjorden near Leinstrand on the border between Trondheim and Melhus.

The Gaula River is approximately 145 kilometres long and it drains a watershed of 3,661 square kilometres. On its way it is joined by one large tributary, the Sokna River in the village of Støren in Midtre Gauldal. Other smaller tributaries include the Rugla, Hesja, Holda, Forra and Bua. Within the Gaula River, there are two well known waterfalls called Gaulfoss close to the village of Hovin and the Eggafoss near the village of Haltdalen.

Haltdalen is known for the old Haltdalen Stave Church that was built in the 1100s. The original can be seen at the Sverresborg Museum in Trondheim. A copy was built in 2003/2004 in the neighbourhood of the present Haltdalen Church.

The Gaula is constantly listed among the top 5 salmon fishing rivers in Norway. Gaula has a steady and plentiful fishing over the whole stretch of the river throughout the whole season (1 June to 31 August). Early season fishing is mostly below the Gaulfoss rapids, a 300 meters long gorge that the salmon cannot run in too high water. Later in the season, around midsummer time, the salmon have started settling throughout the river, providing good sport everywhere.

Gaula is known for its big salmon and plentiful runs and with fly-fishing stretches which provide some of the best sport in Norway. It runs through an area full of contrasts; from high mountain plateaus through canyons and forests to the gentler, wider and rich agricultural land near the Trondheimfjorden. It is also one of the rivers with the longest salmon runs in Norway.

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