In this study, concentration of lead, cadmium, copper, cobalt, nickel, and manganese were measured in water, sediment, and fish (Cyprinus carpio and Barbus plebejus) samples at the upper Sakarya river basin in Sept. 1995-1996 period. Also, physical parameters of selected stations in the Sakarya river were measured. Mean concentrations of lead, cadmium, copper, nickel, and manganese differed between water, sediment, and fish samples by seasons. Mean concentrations of lead, cadmium, and cobalt increased in sediment samples in October and August. In water samples only cadmium and cobalt increased in October whereas lead and copper increased in August. Also, high levels of manganese concentrations were detected in water and sediment samples and fish tissue during the study. (C) 1999 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.