The Brda is said to be canoeable for 233 km from lake Pietrzykowskie Duze to its junction with the Vistula at Bydgoszcz. The usual starting point is Nowa Brda at 25 Km and even here the river is narrow and liable to be obstructed by fallen trees. From Kornowo (191 Km) the river character becomes industrial. Between these points are two easily portaged dams, sixteen sizeable lakes and about 94 Km of flowing river.
Our guide was Lech Augustynski. Click here for his site.
0.0 km - Launch on the west bank at the north end of Lake Pietrzykowskie Duze at the village of Swieszyno.
4.5 m - The river flows out of the south end of Lake Pietrzykowskie Duze
5 km - Bridge
6 km - Bridge. Trzyniec village left
7 km Bridge
9.5 km Bridge
11.0 km - Obstructed bridge with 70m portage right bank at Stara Brda Pilska
11.2 km - Bridge. Rough camping left bank below bridge
14 km - Bridge
15 km - Bridge
15.5 km - Bridge
16 km Bridge
17.5 km Bridge
19 km Bridge. Zolna village right.
19.2 km Bridge. Zolna village right.
20 km Rough camping left bank just before bridge
21 km Les Zolna village and forest cabins left
21.1 km Bridge
24.5 km - Bridge. Nowa Brda right.
24.6 km bridge
25 km Railway Bridge. Rough campsite right bank immediately below. A good starting point for a cruise
30 km River Modra joins right
30.5 km Road bridge. Rough campground right above the bridge
33.5 km Road bridge
34 km River Ruda joins right
35 km Bridge
36 km The Osiedle Kormoanow reservation lies on the right bank
39 km Most Dolink road bridge
39.5 km Lake Szczytno. This is a large lake.
47 km - Lake Szczycienko. We are now facing east.
49 km Bridge. Szczytno right. Zawada left. Shop
49.5 km Start of Lake Konskie
51.5 km Exit Lake Konskie Campsite and kayak hire left. All facilities
51.6 km Bridge. Lisewo right
56 km Bridge. Plaszczyca right. Shop.
60.5 km Railway Bridge
61 km River Lipczynke joins left via two of channels
61.5 km Bridge. Sapolno left. Shop, restaurant, bar and post office
62.5 km Bridge. Konarzyny left. High banks intermittently for the next few km.
66 km Road Bridge. Ciecholewy right. Rough camping below bridge on left.
66.5 km The river enters Zaborski national park and woodland closes in.
71 km Road Bridge
72 km - Rough campsite left
72.5 km - The river enters Lake Charzykowskie through a reedy delta.
72.5 km Bridge. Male Swornegacie right. Rough camping and a bar below the bridge right.
73 km Lake Dlugie.
75 km Enter Lake Karsinskie. Keep near the left bank, passing the mouth of the Chocina River after 0.5 Km. Paddle across the bay towards the boats and activity marking the exit to Swornegacie
75.5 km - Chocina River enters left. Click here.
78 km Exit the lake under a concrete road bridge. Easy landing either bank for the village of Swornegacie. Bar, shops, restaurants and post office. A lovely km of gently flowing water till Lake Witoczno
78.1 km Pipe bridge
78.2 km - Wooden footbridge
78.9 km - Canoe and campsite left for www.Kajaki.pl . We canoed with them. They are a wonderful company.
79 km - Lake Witoczno. There is a camping and canoe hire site on the lakeside about 0.5 km along the left (west) bank. The river Zbrzyca (click here) enters the north end of the lake. We head right to the Brda river exit in the middle of the east bank of the lake.
80.1 km Exit Lake Witoczno under bridge
84 km Rough camping right.
84.1 km Enter lake Malolakie
85.5 Enter Lake Lackie
87 km Exit Lake Lackie under the 236 road bridge. Drzewicz right. Bed and breakfast. Rough camping left bank below bridge.
87.2 enter Lake Dybrzk. A 4 km long lake. Paddle more or less due east.
90.5 km Rough camping left bank.
91 Km Lake narrows and we pass into the smaller lake Kosobudno
92 km Exit lake right as it narrows into Lake Zapora. There is a rough campsite at the east end of the lake just beyond the exit.
93.5 Good landing and launch point right
94 km Bridge. Mecikal. Post office, shops and bar.
99 km Mylof dam and village left. Land right above the dam for a 200 m easy portage. On busy days a fellow with a set of wheels will help for a small fee.
The Brdy canal leaves the river here to the left of the dam.
Quite unlike the deep and heavily locked English canals with which I am familiar, it is neither used for transport or to bypass river obstructions. There is no lock to enter it; the first 200 metres have been given over to a fish farm. Beyond the fish farm the canal is shallow, with steadily flowing water but does not appear to lead anywhere. It is an irrigation canal.
After 15 km the Fojutowo aqueduct, built in 1848, carries the canal over the river Czerska Struga which is flowing back to the Brda. The canal, which was built by the Prussians to irrigate grassland for horse feed, is canoeable for about 20 km.
Below Mylof dam the river changes character and has numerous small rapids. As far as I could learn these are mostly pretty mild stuff, but Ive not canoed below Mylof. Any details gratefully received and Ill put them up on the site.
Jim Thornton Sept 2004
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