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Kandava - Imulas

Seasonality: spring, summer, autumn


Complexity: This is a non-classified leasure trip route, suitable for all people and all type of boats. General safety rules should be met, however, use of buoyancy aids is mandatory.


Easy, one day recreational route by river Abava. We recommend to take it in spring (april – may) to get out most of nature blossom. In summer shoals are common in this stage of river Abava. The “longest stage” of the route is near town Kandava. River is rambling here, thus you move away from Kandava quite slowly. Also downstream the flow of river is drift, so if you go by inflatable boat you will have to paddle pretty hard to move on.

Places to see in this route are Velnala (Devil's Cage) and Velnakmens (Devil's stone). Optionally you can also explore town Kandava before taking this route.


Nature reserve “Chuzhu swamp”

Significant place to see in this route is Chuzhu swamp. Being a part of the ancient valley of Abava, about 1 km form Kandava (4 km downstream by river) on the left side of river lies a swamp. Swamp is entitled to bush (Pentaphylloides fruticosa - goldfinger). It is infrequent postglacial plant which blooms from june to july. In Čužu swamp you can find also sulphur spring “Velna acs” (Devil's eye) and freshwater lime-pit. This is the only place in Latvia, where goldfingers grow wild and the plant belongs to protected species. Have a care!


Transportation and reach of the route: This is one of the most civilized routes in Kurzeme – not too far from Riga (about 100 km), there is a bus line to and from Riga. If you go by car, you can leave it in ending point of route - Imulas guest house parking place. Length of the route by land – 9.5 km.


Technical data of the route

Starting point: Kandava bridge

Finish: Imulas guest house

Length of the route: 16km

Length by road : 10km

Slope of the river in route: 4.1m

Duration: 3-4h (1 day)

Obstacles: Shoals in summer. Ford of Velnakmens and rapid bellow it is stony and shallow in summer. To cross it it's worth to step out of canoe.


Campo rental offers


Carry out the route with:

(prices from 6 boats)
 Price, € 
Kanoe 2+1 viet. RANGER-1642.00
Kanoe 3-v.(2+2 bērni) LOXIA43.00


Enclosed in offer : Map of the route, rent of the boat, paddles, life jackets, transportation of rental equipment to the beginning of route and acceptance in finish;


Other services available for route:

Parking place for your car in Imulas campsite for duration of the trip. Stay for night in Imulas.

Rental of extra inventory, for example life jackets for children, tents, sleeping-bags, dry-bags, stuff for portable cooking and other stuff can be rented apart by itself. See listing of available equipment.


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