Individual kayak tour at Kośna river
Łajs - Pajtuński Młyn /15km
Starting place: Village Łajs. This is the border between
historical Warmia and Mazury, village is situated between two lakes Łajskie and
Kośno (the biggest in Purda community, it’s a nature reserve which was formed
to preserve destroying of the landscape of lake surrounded by the forests). You
can launch kayaks on the beach owned by pension Adler, where is also camping
place. You should keep close to left shore of the lake heading on north-east.
On the north side of the lake where it’s getting narrow You should get more to
the right shore and paddle on Kośna river. On the 7th km there is estuary of river Kośna from Kośna lake.
The river meander among forest. On the way You will pass one bridge with local
route and few more smaller on the forests trails. About 9th km village Purdka. Paddling on, after the
train bridge on the left there is big meadow surrounded by the forest. This is very good place to have a rest after
first hardships of paddling. The river is slowly getting out of forest and
starts to go through the meadows meandering.
13km there is a bridge, and about 0,5km on
east from it Purda village. There is possibility to reach the shore about 0,5km
before that bridge. In the village there are shops and local authorities of the
community, there is also historic church, gothic from XIV century, rebuilt in
later years. In the church You can see interesting altar Saint
Hubert, patron of hunters.
About 15km You are passing Różany Dwór in Pajtuński Młyn. There is a
pension and a camping place on the left bank of the river Kośna. In the pension
complex there is small stud farm and historic mill from the end of the XVII
century. Nowadays there is water-power station. Next to the mill there is
figure of Saint Jan Nepomucena, very popular saint in Warmia, patron of the
rivers and people living thanks to the water.
Day, Pajtuński Młyn – Silice/ 7km
of the kayaks because of the water-dam, path on the right bank. River still
goes among forests. 17km Patryki, ruins of the water mill
from the end of the XIX century and another carriage of kayaks on the right
side of the river. 19km Patryki-Rybaczówka. The Kośna river is connecting with
huge backwater with fishes. This is the end of
You can only go farther through man’s made channels Elżbieta and Kiermas, to
those two channels are directed water of Kośna. You need to carry kayak for
200m to get to the Kiermas Chanel, there are lots of reeds and rushes. 22 km
Wiktoria Channel, connects with Kiermas river from it’s left side and
leads to Silickie
Lake. 23km aqueduct in Silice, very rare
historic hydraulic engineering, it used to be water intersection of two
channels, on the top there is Elżbiety Channel and on the bottom Wiktoria
Channel. When You get to the Silice lake, small reservoir (surface about 50 ha) You should direct to
the right shore. 24km Agrotouristic
Farm run by Mr. Tadeusz Iliński, You can spend there night, eat something and
spend nice time because there are many atractions on the farm waiting for You.
3. Day, Silice - Barczewo 14 km
Aprox. 25km After turning back from Wiktoria Channel to Kiermas
Channel You should turn left. 28km Bogdańskie lake (surface 23,5 ha) on it’s left shore
there is Bogdany village, You can find there camping place, pension, and some
bars with food. Bridge and after bridge estuary of river Kiermas from the lake.
29km passing Umląg lake. It’s shallow lake with
medium deep 1,9m and max 5m. 32km village Krupoliny
there is bridge and estuary from the lake, farther short part of wide river. 33km
Kiermas lake, You should keep
close to the left shore 35km In 2/3 of lenght of the lake there is estuary
of the Kiermas river, and river reaches Barczewo.
38km Barczewo city on Warmia
and Mazury on the Pisa
river about 7,5 thousand
citizens, located in 1364 r. It was named after second world war, after priest
Walenty Barczewski, who fought for those terrains to be Polish. In 1877 in Barczewo was born
Feliks Nowowiejski, compositor, created melody to „Rota”.
Very important part of the history of this city is penal institute, in which
was situated till his dead in1896 Erich Koch.
In the city
You should keep left side of the river, get to stone stairs and You need to
carry Your kayak about 300m to Kiermas channel, which is connected to Pisa Warmińska.
You should be careful with putting kayaks back to the water because the stream
is very strong.
4. Day Dzień Barczewo -
On about 38 km Kiermas river connects with Pisa Warmińska. After the bridge river
starts to meandering and You will pass on Your way many meadows and forests. On
the way You will see very high train bridge and after few kilometers another
bridge but his time on the route. After the last bridge You will get to Wadąg
lake On about 46 km You are
reaching Wadąg lake. You should be very careful with it with
almost every wind direction. You should keep close to the left shore until You
pass on Your right side meadows and first buildings of Myki village. In this
moment You should direct on the right shore of the lake and paddle to Wadąg
river. 52km Myki village and
the beginning of Wadąg river. Stream is very slow, river is wide and very deep.
After passing few meanders You will see bridge and straight part of the river. 52 km Wadąg „Trzcinowa Dolina"- You can
spend there night.
5.day Wadąg - Dywity ll,14km
53km Wadąg. Water power station, You hale to carry kayak on the right bank
can be a problem because it’s made of concrete 54km Kieźliny
there is another power station. You should also take Your kayak and carry it on
the right side. Stream is rather fast, on the bottom there are many rocks some
of them are even above the water level. Bridge. After the bridge there is very
wide pool, his is the place where Łyna and Wadąg are connecting. 59km Estuary of
Wadąg river to Łyna, You should paddle In direction of the left shore, there is
very nice place to carry kayak through the power station. You can put kayak
back to the water after the power station, stream very slow finally it
disappear. 64km Dywity.
On the wide curve of Łyna
there is a camping place on the right bank.
6. Day Dywity - Kłódka 16 km
and another power station, You should carry kayaks on the left bank- this trail
is easy but rather long. Artificial stream of the Łyna leads through Kesing and
Mosąg lakes. 67km Exit from
Mosąg lake, bridge on the route Barkweda – Brąswałd, on periods with higher
levels of water You need to carry kayaks. Farther trail is rather easy. 79km Kłódka city, rather small village
situated on the left bank of Łyna. You can spend there night, right after the
bridge on the right bank. Unfortunately there’s no shop or other facilities
Day Kłódka - Dobre Miasto 14
79km The last part of the trail. Slow, without any carriages and handicaps.
River is meandering among the meadows and grasses. The only handicap on the trail are collapsed
trees, but it’s not very often. Until Dobre Miasto the river is very calm. 93km Dobre
Miasto. Koniec city, finish of the trail near kolegiata