One-day canoeing along the Iławka
The Iławka is a left-side tributary of the Drwęca. The river joins a few protected areas: Nature 2000 “Iława Forests”, “Iława Sanctuary” and Iława Lake District Landscape Park with the Drwęca Valley. The final part of the Iławka is a part of Special Areas of Conservation Nature 2000 the Drwęca Valley. Canoeing along the Iławka is easy. An average depth of the river is 1 metre. The river is interesting from a natural point of view as it is rich in the wildlife we can observe during the canoeing. Near the trail there is Ławice, a village where Emil Behring, the first Nobel prizewinner for medicine, was born. In a local school there is a museum devoted to the famous Nobel prizewinner. We can take it into account planning the canoeing and visit the place. You must remember that carrying the canoes is necessary at two points.

    

The trial description:

We start canoeing at point A (Jeziorak Lake – Green Farm berth) and we finish it at point B (Rodzone). You will be taken from point B by car at the settled time. The time of canoeing is 4-6 hours depending on the number of breaks.
  • 0,0 km – after leaving Green Farm berth we turn left and head for the south. We stay on the left side of the lake. On the right we pass the biggest inland island in Europe - Wielka Żuława.
  • 3,9 km -  We reach the Ilawka river
  • 5,2 km – A road bridge Iława – Zalewo (built in  2010). The river transfers into a small backwater surrounded by lush plants.
  • 6,3 km – A road bridge Iława – Olsztyn. At a historic weir you need to carry the canoes. On the left there is a closed water mill built in 1376 r.
  • 6,5 km – the Iławka river changes into a backwater, a home to many birds. We head for the south, towards a historic railway bridge.
  • 6,9 km – Leaving backwater we see the railway bridge built in 1872.
  • 7,4 km – A road bridge – Iława ring road. Banks and a bed are covered by many species of plants  and we can hear numerous birds in the reed.  
  • 5,3 km – Another lake on our way is Iława lake (some sources name it Długie lake). Acreage 15 ha, deepth max 2,8 m, width max 750 m, length 3,7 km. We head for the south canoeing close to the left side of the lake so as not to miss an influx hidden among the reed.
  • 11,2 km – We leave Iława lake and canoe along the Iławka river. Now the current is a little stronger. 12,2 km – Road bridge, the Dziarny village.
  • 10,1 km – A road bridge, on the left bank there is the Kazianka village.
  • 14,0 km –On the right there is the village Dziarnówko.  The river divides into two parts and unites again after some time. Canoeing to the left you will see a weir before a road bridge and the canoes must be carried. Choosing the right side you will reach a watermill built in XVIII century. You will also have to carry your canoes but the current is much stronger. Further you can expect fallen trees with specific traces of a beaver.
  • 19,8 km – A road bridge in Mały Bór and a forester’s lodge ,,Papiernia”. Next, the Iławka meanders among forests, meadows and swamps.  
  • 21,5 km – the Iławka flows into the Drwęca. Before II World War there was a border between Poland and Germany at this place. After canoeing for about 200 metres on the left there will be a lovely place to rest by a campfire.  
  • 25,6 km – A road bridge Iława – Lubawa, Rodzone.
  • 25.9 km – On the right there is a camp by a farm. This is the end of canoeing. At the settled time you will be taken by car to Green Farm.
 
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