PTTK Water Campsite in the village GAWRYCH-RUDA. City buses from
Suwałki go there.
Exact trail description
0,0 Kayaks are put on water in the village Stary Folwark, on the
northern bank of the lake Wigry. If you are here, you must visit an
old monastery from the 17th century. From the haven in Stary Folwark
we go south, leaving on the left the Monastery Peninsula and on the
right Cimochowizna. We pass the Hańczańska Bay and go along the
northern shore of a big peninsula.
6,5 The headland of the peninsula Wysoki Wągieł – the narrowest part
of the lake Wigry. Ahead of us the island Kamień, behind it at the
bay a camping place - Zakąty. We turn right here and go towards the
8,5 On the right peninsula Łukaszowy Róg, behind it Bielańska bay,
and a larger Przewłokowa bay.
11,3 Peninsula Dąbek, behind it Słupiańska bay, there the Research
Station of the Wigierski National Park.
12,3 Peninsula Łysocha, behind it we go into the Wigierki bay.
15,0 Gawrych-Ruda. Village founded before 1660. Holiday centres,
shop, bar, campsite.
19,7 Bryzgiel, holiday village with private campsites and two shops,
opposite to the island Ostrów, one of the biggest islands on polish
lakes (0,42 km2 ). We go along the southern coast, leaving on the
left the islands Ostrów and Krowa.
22,2 Peninsula Jurkowy Róg, behind it we get to the Krusznik lake.
Ahead of us the Birch Islands, behind them on the right side a bay
and there the camping place Jastrzęby. We go near the island Kamień
and near the passage between two peninsulas that we already know.
25,0 On the left peninsula Wysoki Wągieł, on the right peninsula
Łapa. We go along the right shore, there the buildings of the
village Mikołajewo. Further we see the village Rosochaty Róg with a
28,8 On the right we leave the other headland of the peninsula
Rosochaty Róg, across the bay we go along the Monastery Peninsula.
31,5 Stary Folwark, PTTK campsite. From the haven we go straight
towards the Mysia island, behind it in a small bay (shop) a narrow
part of the Wigierski Peninsula with a concrete pipe under the road.
We get to the other side and turn right to the place where Czarna
Hańcza leaves Wigry, under a small wooden bridge, connecting the
villages Wigry and Czerwony Folwark. We get to the small Postaw lake.
33,7 Czarna Hańcza leaves the Postaw lake behind a small island –
the place is hard to find.
34,1 Czerwony Folwark, bridge on the road to Magdalenów.
36,9 The mouth of the river Żubrówka, camping place, you can have a
meal at the nearby farmer’s house.
40,7 Maćkowa Ruda, bridge on the road to Wysoki Most. In the village
shop, post office, nice camping place.
43,4 Village Buda Ruska. A small bridge on the road to Maćkowa Ruda.
Buda Ruska was founded in the 18th Century. Lower on the left side a
44,9 The mouth of the stream Pawłówka, connecting 5 lakes.
46,0 Wysoki Most. The first of three PTTK campsites "Wysoki Most".
Further on the right a camping place on a high slope.
49,3 Studziany Las, a village in the woods, with very colourful
53,1 Gulbin, bridge on the road between Frącki and Sarnetki and a
bridge of the non-working forest railway. Lower on the right camping
54,7 Tartaczysko, a typical forest village.
56,5 Głęboki Bród, bridge on the road Augustów-Giby. In the village:
shop, small health centre, post office, bus, petrol station. On the
right camping place with a bar on the pier.
58,3 Campsite "Frącki" on a high rock on the left. Lower, on the
right and left, camping places in the forest.
64,7 Okółek road bridge, forester’s lodge.
65,7 Village Hańcza.
68,9 Dworczysko. One of the most beautiful parts of the river starts
here, with old pines and 400-years-old oaks.
76,6 PTTK Campsite "Jałowy Róg".
78,3 Rygol. Behind the bridge we turn right to the river Szlamica.
You have to carry the kayaks about 20 m.
79,2 Bridge on the road Rudawka-Rygol-Giby. On the left bar.
80,6 A deep lake with high shores.
81,6 Szlamica leaves the lake.
82,4 Muły, bridge on the road do Kudrynki.
82,7 Szlamy lake, very nice, with a big island where Szlamica leaves
it. After camping we go back the same way.
88,8 Rygol, connection between Czarna Hańcza and the channel. We go
90,0 Sluice "Sosnówek" (length 43,9 m, width 6,15m, fall 2,37m, time
of going through 25 min.). Behind it on the left a very good camping
91,2 Sluice "Mikaszówka" (length 43,9 m, width 6,05m, fall 2,82m,
time of going through 25 min.) with the bridge of the road to
Strzelcowizna and Głęboki Bród. On both sides of the channel village
Mikaszówka. You can see a nice wooden church here, decorated with
horns of elks and deer.
92,6 The beginning of the lake Mikaszówek, connected with a narrow
channel to the lake Mikaszewo, considered by some to be the most
beautiful in Poland. At the beginning, on the left, a nice campsite
of the forester’s lodge “Jazy”.
97,3 Sluice "Perkuć" (length 44 m, width 5,9 m, fall 2,38m, time of
going through 25 min.), considered to be the most beautiful on the
trail. Behind it we get to the Krzywe lake and can see the next high
99,4 Sluice "Paniewo" (the only one with two chambers), the chambers
are connected and they have the length of 44,4 and 43,6 m and equal
width of 5,8 m, the difference between the water levels is 6,5 m.
Because of its size, the sluice makes quite an impression,
especially on beginners. Behind the sluice we get to the Paniewo
lake, where we can see passenger ships from Augustów. From the lake
we go on through a man-made channel.
101,8 Orle lake.
103,3 Sluice "Gorczyca" (length 42,7 m, width 5,75m, fall 2,87m,
time of going through 20 min.) with a road bridge. On the left
village Płaska, on the right village Gorczyca. Behind the sluice the
beginning of the Gorczyckie lake.
104,4 PTTK Campsite "Płaska" in the woods on the left shore, behind
it on both shores two camping places. A bit further the narrow lake
becomes the longest channel on the way to Augustów, Czarnobrodzki
channel, almost 8 km long.
107,4 On the right the mouth of the stream Sucha Rzeczka.
108,6 Sucha Rzeczka, an unusual weir, 1,86 m high, with a special
gutter for tree trunks. You carry the kayaks for 50m on the right.
We go to a big lake Serwy. Clean water and sandy shores – a great
place for a swim.
112,4 Serwy – a well-known holiday village on the left shore.
Opposite to the village the island Dębowa – there the PTTK Campsite
"Serwy". We spend the night there and go back to the Augustowski
123,0 Sluice "Swoboda" (length 45,4 m, width 6,0 m, fall 1,7 m, time
of going through 18 min.). You can camp near the sluice. Behind it
the channel leads us to the big Studzienicze lake, the first of
three large lakes, connecting this place with Augustów.
124,6 Campsite "Swoboda" with a shop and a possibility of having
normal meals. Behind it some camping places.
126,9 Sluice "Przewięź" (length 47,2 m, width 6,05 m, fall 0,8m,
time of going through 13 min.), above it the bridge on the road
Augustów - Sejny. On the right village Przewięź (bus, camping,
restaurant, bars, shops). Directly from the sluice we get to the
133,7 A river, looking like a channel, leaves Białe lake; it is
called Klonowica. We go under the road and railway bridges on the
main road to Suwałki.
134,5 Klonowica falls into the Necko lake, on the right side the
river Rospuda. On the left hotel "Hetman" with a camping place.
136,1 Augustowski Channel leaves the lake on the left side. From
here we go on Netta. On both sides the buildings of the town
Augustów. On the right PTTK sailing centre. It’s the end of the