Kazanka or Qazansu (Russian: Каза́нка; Tatar Cyrillic: Казансу, Latin: Qazansu) is a river in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, a left tributary of the Volga. Kazanka begins near the village of Bimeri in Arsk District and flows into the Samara Reservoir in Kazan, near the Kazan Kremlin. Another towns on the Kazanka are Arsk and historical Iske Kazan. The river is 142 km long. The main tributaries are Iya, Kismes, Shimyakovka and Sula. Historically, the Bulak river was flowing into Kazanka, until it was separated by a dam in 1957. The maximum river discharge is 299 m³/s, the minimal mineralization is 400–1000 mg/l. In Tatarstan, Kazanka has a status of a natural monument.

During construction of the Samara Reservoir, a lower part of the Kazanka valley was flooded. A part of the riverbed was separated from the reservoir by dams, was created a new riverbed. In 2008 a project was proposed to fill in a cove in the wide section of the estuary for a business district.

Kazanka divides Kazan onto two equal parts. Over Kazanka are six bridges within the city, a most notable of them is a Millennium Bridge.

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