Complexity: This is a Class 1 route. There are no technically complex segments in this route. It's easy to cope with all available types of boats – canoes, kayaks, catamarans and inflatable boats.
Tallish one day route along small and snaky river. If becomes tedious can be finished also in various places, the route goes quite close to transportation roads. Usually it doesn't become boring, but paddlers run out of time. Engure routes are tricky – if you are not experienced, crossing beaver dams take much time.
Route is proper for fishing, however if you intend to go in one day you will not have enough time for that. Route can be extended to two days thus fully enjoying small river's charm. In this case it is possible to include also Usma lake (+11 km) in one end and Puze lake (+7,5 km until first bridge) in other end. See route Usma – Engure – Puze lake for reference. Distance by road increases considerably.
When taking this route it has to be considered, that the part of the Usma lake Luziķērte, from which falls out Engure river belongs to the Moricsala Nature Reserve. Presence here is allowed only with special permissions from related authorities.
Permissions are issued by Administration of the Slitere Nature Reserve in Dundaga, however we do not remember, they've actually done this. It is considered, that authorities will not have objections if you stay on waterline Usma – Engure outfall. So, keep the course!
Places to see :
Only few along this route, and distant from river. Enjoy the nature! On the way back you can visit Church of Ugale.
Transportation and reach of the route: There is no bus traffic directly from begining or end of the route until you reach Venstpils highroad.
New for 2007! For this route are available Azul Krypton touring kayaks.
Engure (description of river)
Photo: Ozoldangas; sauna and campsite
|Technical data of the route
Starting point : Gaiļu bridge (Ozoldangas campsite)
Finish: Puze lake
Length of the route: 25km
Distance by road : 19km
Distance from Riga : 154km
Slope of the river in route:
Duration: 6h (1 day)
Obstacles: Ugāle hydro-electric station (boat has to be carried around it), windfallen wood, crosswind in Puze lake.
Šo maršrutu veikt ar:
Or the same route for 2 days:
Enclosed in offer : Rent of the boat, paddles, life jackets, the boat-cart, transportation of rental equipment to the beginning of route and acceptance in finish;
Other services available for route:
Parking place for your car for duration of the trip.
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.
Other Engure routes
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