The Elbląg River and the Jagielloński Canal

River Profile

The Elbląg River, is colloquially called Elblążka. Its length is about 20 km. Some sources make that 16–17.7 km, and the difference is connected with the river’s last stretch: some consider the red and others the green entrance beacon to be its mouth. The river is an important artery, connecting the Elbląg Canal and the Iława Lakeland route with the Vistula Lagoon. Its tributaries are the Tina and the Fiszewka. The Elblążka is connected with the Nogat (and, further, with the Lagoon) by the Jagiellonian Canal, which begins at the boundary of Elbląg.

Navigational Information

Current

The Elblążka has a minimal current, and with the wind blowing from the Vistula Lagoon a backwater current occurs: the river changes direction and flows towards Lake Druzno, flooding Elbląg and the nearby villages. The last disastrous flood happened in October 2009.

River traffic
Downstream of Elbląg, barges with pushboats are encountered, as well as slightly larger ships sailing from the Baltic Sea through the Baltiysk Strait. Be very careful when passing them. Compared to other nearby routes, the stretch from Elbląg to the Vistula Lagoon has very heavy traffic. Yachts and motor boats navigate this way, and so do anglers’ boats, ships of the Harbour Master’s Office or the border guards, pushboats with barges, and – slightly less often – elbląg–max ships, meaning sea vessels heading for Elbląg through the Baltiysk Strait and the Vistula Lagoon. Vessels of the white fleet (small passenger ships) are also seen, whose “duty free” cruises on the waters of the Kaliningrad Enclave will become increasingly frequent. The traffic is quite heavy here and calls for increased caution.

Canal Profile
The Jagielloński Canal Dating back to 1438, the Jagielloński Canal is the oldest canal in the country. It measures 5.8 km and connects the Nogat with the Elblążka near the village of Kępki.

Navigational Information
Navigating the canal presents no particular problems. Yachts need to have their masts laid down because of the bridge at the confluence of the Jagielloński Canal and the Nogat. The banks are mostly overgrown with reeds and long stretches of the canal are reinforced with wooden stakes. The surrounding landscape is mostly cultivated land. Quite many anglers are seen along the entire route. Years ago, teo locks functioned in place of the present-day flood-gates in Bielnik: for smaller and larger vessels.

The Jagielloński Canal and the Nogat as an alternative water route from Elbląg to the Vistula Lagoon
The main water route from Elbląg to the Vistula Lagoon is the Elbląg River. However, the pontoon bridge in Nowakowo is not opened during too high or too low water stages. The alternative route from Elbląg to the Vistula Lagoon leads through the Jagielloński Canal and the Nogat.
 
Hydrotechnical Highlights

The flood-gate in Bielnik. They are the remains of the locks built to protect Elbląg against high water from the Nogat. At present, all that remains of those structures is a flood-gate (located at the upper head of the southern lock). The surviving flood-gate is situated under a bridge – immobilised and anchored to the wall.


Nowakowo pontoon bridge. The bridge lies on four pontoons. It consists of bridge spans, one of which is opened mechanically in the direction of the Vistula Lagoon. One spare pontoon is moored at the bridge to the west bank. The sign that the bridge will soon be opened is the busy activity of men dressed in orange vests. Dull thudding is heard as the staff lift metal elements connecting permanent bridge spans with the one that opens. The bridge will start to open in just a moment.


On the trail of historic drawbridges and swing bridges around Elbląg. Bridges that are monuments of hydraulic engineering, not opened at present, may be seen: on the Dzierzgoń River in the village of Dzierzgonka, on the Tina in Jezioro, on the Fiszewka in Szopy Elbląskie, and in Elbląg, at Elbląg Shipyard. The trip may be crowned by a visit to the village of Węgle-Żukowo and hiring a boat at the fishing harbour there. By water or by land, you can get to the observation tower, located where the Dzierzgoń River flows into Lake Druzno. Reaching the tower is a 20-minute walk along the river. Marvellous views over the entire lake.



Tourist Highlights

Elbląg. The town lies on the borderline between two geographic regions: the Vistula Żuławy and the Elbląg Upland. The medieval buildings and enchanting townhouses of the Old Town attract tourists. The places worth visiting include St Nicolas Cathedral, “El” Art Gallery, and the Museum of Archaeology and History. Walking routes have been prepared for active tourists: Copernican Route, Amber Route, the Vistula Riverside Route,
and the Liwa River Route.




Cruises on the Elbląg River. Cruises on a small ship called Nurwid set out from a harbour bearing the same name, at Sigismund Augustus Boulevard.
Groups of a few people may choose the route and variant of their trip. It is also possible to hire kayaks and rowing boats here. Similar services are
available at other harbours, such as Fala.



Lake Druzno. This shallow lake is a fragment of what used to be a sea bay, now a sanctuary of water birds and a nature reserve. Over 200 species of water and marsh birds have been observed on the lake. This ornithological paradise is home to cormorants, grebes, herons, cranes, terns, and black-headed gulls. The depth of the lake varies between 1.25 and 3 metres (4–10 ft).


INTRODUCTION

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Part One. Discovering the Żuławy Loop

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Tales of the Loop: A Page from History

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Harmony: The Key to Reading the Landscapes of Żuławy

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Architecture: The Land of Arcaded Houses and Hydrotechnical Monuments

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Part Two. The Sailing Routes of the Żuławy Loop: Sailing and Sightseeing

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The Vistula

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The Martwa Wisła, the Śmiała Wisła, the Motława Gdańska

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The Szkarpawa

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The Wisła Królewiecka

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The Elbląg River and the Jagielloński Canal

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The Nogat

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The Wielka Święta–Tuga

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The Vistula Lagoon

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Pasłęka River and the Canal of Pasłęka

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The Kaliningrad Lagoon

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Part III. The ABC of Sailing: Before You Sail on the Żuławy Loop

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Proposed Trip Routes

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II. The Little Loop of Żuławy

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III. To the Capital of the Vistula Żuławy

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IV. From Gdańsk to the Vistula Lagoon

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V. Down the Vistula to Gdańsk

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VI. Around the Vistula Lagoon

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Informator

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Captain’s Tips

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signs shipping

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signs shipping

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Część IV. Nautical Base of the Żuławy Loop. Ports and marinas.

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Mooring Platforms in Tczew

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The passenger and yacht harbour in Tczew

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The fishing port in Świbno

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The fishing harbour in Mikoszewo

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Marina in Błotnik

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Harbour „Tęcza”

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River side hostel in Wiślinka

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Maritime Yacht Club “Neptun”

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Marina Delphia Yachts - Górki Zachodnie

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Gdańsk Shipyard Yacht Club

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Joseph Conrad Yacht Club

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Academic Maritime Club in Gdańsk

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AZS Cosa - Academic Sports Association in Gdańsk

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The National Sailing Centre of the University School of Physical Education and Sport

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Gdańsk Maritime Club Yachting Harbour

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Marina on „Tamka” Street

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Yachting Harbour “Stewa”

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Northern Yacht Club Harbour

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WOPR Gdańsk Harbour

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Marina Gdańsk

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Kayak and Motorboat Harbour “Żabi Kruk”

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Marina Sienna Grobla II

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Polish Maritime Club Harbour (Wisłoujście)

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Mooring piers in Drewnica

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Harbour in Żuławki

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Mooring piers in Rybina

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Yacht harbor in Rybina

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Yacht harbor in Osłonka

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Houseboat Harbour in Rybina

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Marina Baltica in Sztutowo

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Yacht harbor in Sztutowo

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Yacht Wharf by the Zygmunt August Boulevard in Elbląg

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Yacht harbor Fala

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The marina of Scout Water Centre “Bryza”

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Yacht Club Elbląg

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Yacht harbor in Biała Góra

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The harbour of the Sports and Leisure Centre in Malbork.

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Castle Harbour in Malbork

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“Park Północny” harbour in Malbork

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The harbour in Kamienica Elbląska

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The harbour in Nadbrzeże

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The harbour in Suchacz

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The harbour in Kadyny

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The harbour in Tolkmicko

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The port in Frombork

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The port in Piaski

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The yacht port in Krynica Morska

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The fishing port in Krynica Morska

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The port of Kąty Rybackie

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Yacht harbor in Kąty Rybackie

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Sailing harbour “Neptun” in Kąty Rybackie

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The port of Nowa Pasłęka

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“Dom Rybaka” harbour in Stara Pasłęka

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Stara Pasłęka harbour

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Yacht harbor in Braniewo

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Explanation of the symbols of services available on harbours and their surroundings (1.5 km).

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Water nodes of the Żuławy Loop.

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Gdańsk Water Tram

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Legend

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