Venta: Vadakste - Zlekas section
Type of river: River is suitable for seasonal (march to september) leisure trips. Venta hub is appropriate for white-water paddling and rodeo drive.
Recommended type of boat: Canoe. But it is also possible to go by any kind of kayak or inflatable boat. Trip duration may vary from stated though.
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Routes offered by Campo on this river:
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Venta (lenghth 346km, slope 166m (in teritory Latvia 173km and 40m).
Venta is popular among fishermen. Except few overfalls, flow of the river is calm and smooth. Scenery is tame. River lacks good camping places, except those in stage from Nigrande to Skrunda.
For one day trip we suggest route Kuldiga – Naba lake. This stage of river is characterized by more active flow. It is not common to go downstream place Zlekas.
The first 13km immediately behind Nikrace are slow. On the left side is the feeder Letiza - and a dolomite outcrop. After 0.3 km is the Paisi rapid. After another 1.5km on the left side is the feeder Skervelis, and 1km later is the Gobdzini rapid. Next are the Gobdzini rock and Atra rock. From the left side then is the feeder Koja. Then there is a 35cm high step called Elle (Hell) step - recognizable only in low water level. 2km further is the Skrunda rail bridge, but between the auto and rail bridges on the right side is the estuary feeder Ciecere. After Skrunda is Struklas, where the Venta flows through many islands. After the Vares rapid are several km without rapids. 15km after Skrunda on the left side is the hard to detect feeder Enava, just behind Ranki. Soon to follow are the Briezi rapid and the Lejejupe feeder on the left side. 30km from Skrunda on the right side is the feeder Skede. After 5km, the interesting Rumpini rapids begin. A 1km rapid segment with several 0.1m high thresholds. After this is a placid stage, which continues until the new Venta bridge in Kuldiga and the approach of the Venta rumba waterfall.
Venta hub is the most significant place to see on river Venta. This is also the widest fall in Europe (270 m). The overfall is 1.9 – 2.2 m high.
Paddlers must scout the fall, but downstream there is a good white water for rodeo drive. When water is high, the fall is dangerous even to rodeo experts.
Venta route is commonly in connection with other routes. Venta is continuation of other routes; Abava, Riezupe, Ciecere and Vadakste.
Venta routes are serviced by Campo support partners in Kuldiga. See your rental contract for contact information and further details.