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Brasla

Seasonality: all season;

Type of river : River is proper for leisure paddling in high and middle – high water ;

Recommended type of boats : all type of boats, inflatable boats for beginners;

Suggested paddling skills:

Brasla in winter . Photo by Campo, 2001..

 

Brasla (length 68 km, slope 65 m, basin 544 square km) starts between lakes Katvaru and Rāķis not far from Limbaži in Pociems surroundings. Until Jugla outfall Brasla is a calm low-land river. Head-waters flow through low-land swampy meadows and only near village Straupe forms deeper alley, uncovering first rusty sandstone outcrops. In direction of lower reaches slope of river increases, increases also number of many viewable rocks on it's banks. Brasla is scenically rich river.

 

Although Brasla has quite big runoff basin, it lacks water in summer and is usable by tourists only after lasting rains and, of course in spring and autumn. Standard route starts in Straupe or Plācis and ends in Sigulda (outfall + 14 km by Gauja), however in high water it is possible to start considerably upstream, even from Umurga.

 

Starting from Riga – Valmiera highroad bridge there is a flush before Brasla hydro electric station (right there is also a fish hatchery). Hydro electric station is renovated, it's pool is very large. After the dam river is shallow and stony, however sandstone outcrops appear in every other slew of the river.

 

Routes offered by Campo on this river:

*
 Route
length
duration
  Straupe - Braslas krogs (A3)
17 km
1 d.
  Braslas krogs - Sigulda
22 km
1 d.
  Plācis - Braslas krogs (A3)
19 km
1 d.
  Plācis - Sigulda
41 km
2 d.
  Plācis - Gančauskas
28 km
2 d.

* route selection popularity scale:

-recommendation for the season.

 

km
a.s.l.
Landmark
68.0
80.0
 
Outlet
55.7
69.1
 
Umurga, bridge
44.5
57.1
 
Vainiži, bridge
38.1
53.4
 
Rucka mill, bridge
34.8
51.6
 
woodden bridge in Rozula
30.1
49.5
 
rba Nabe
27.6
48.3
 
Plācis, bridge
24.6
44.9
 
Straupe, bridge
21.9
43.5
 
rba Panūta, castle mound
19.2
42.7
 
Vējiņu rocks, castle mound
16.6
41.4
 
lkrb Avotu grove, rock
13.9
38.2
 
rba Jugla
8.2
32.0
 
Valmieras highroad, bridge
7.3
32.0
 
lb Aņītas rock
7.1
30.0
 
Brasla HES
7.0
29.8
 
lb Kraukļukalna rock
6.8
29.2
 
Aņītas high rock
6.0
25.5
 
High voltage line
5.9
25.3
 
lb Slūnu rock
5.3
22.8
 
lkrb Virtakas rock
-
15.0
 
Outfall into Gauja

 

Profile of the river , slope (m,m/km|km):

 


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