Watch daredevils wrestle with the elements of nature on the rivers River Kamienna between Szklarska Poreba and Piechowice.
These mountain rivers carry the waters of the melting snow covering the Western Karkonosze and the Izerskie Mountains. The months of April and May are the best times for canoeing some of the most difficult mountain river sections in Poland. Another great favourite with canoeists is the River Bobr. From Wlen, this river has all the characteristics required by the adventurer. The River Kwisa, along which one can canoe far to Mirsk, still hides some mysteries. Tourists can also make use of large holding reservoirs, the largest of which is Pilchowickie Lake, originating in the River Bóbr outflow from the Jeleniogórska Valley. Many swimming places and recreation centres can also be found by the Lesnianskie and Zlotnickie lakes situated in the Izerskie Foothills, as little as a 30-40 minute car drive from the Karkonosze Mountains. Aspectacular place is the Modre Lake and dam. A recommended hotel for an adventurer's holiday on the rivers is the Green Jajo in the picturesque village of Ploczki Gorne.
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Bóbr is the same word as Bober in some Anglo-Saxon dialects, Biber in German and Beaver in English. It is easy to figure out the etymology of this river’s name. The Bóbr is the local Mecca of water sports, especially kayaking, and even canyoning in a couple of spots. The Bóbr flows into three emblematic regions of the range of the Sudetes - Karkonosze (Giant Mountains), or more exactly the Lasocki ridge (Lasocki Grzbiet), east from Sniezka - Rudawy Janowickie, in particular the beautiful loop it describes around the Sokoliki hills - Gory Kaczawskie (Kaczawa Hills), volcanic piedmont of the range, where the river slowly changes its mountainous character to a more sedate pace.
The Rudawy Janowickie section - from Kamienna Góra, the still young but yet significant Bóbr enters a stage of countless meanders in which it still flows rapidly like any true mountain river. It crosses the villages of Marciszów, Ciechanowice, and then the town of Janowice Wielkie, “capital” of Rudawy Janowickie. Later, near Trzcinsko where the large curve it describes around the Sokoliki hills is one of its most photogenic places, Particularly viewed from the top of the Sokoliki rock. On its bank are now located many manors and castles worth mention, such as the palace of Wojanów. Note that the road between Trzcinsko and Wojanów is a very scenic section to drive or mountain bike. Pilchowice section - Modre Lake and the Bobrowice dam are the first of them. This spectacular spot (very steep and deep) is overlooked by the mountain shelter Perla Zachodu. where hikers and kayakers will rest for food or even a bed for the night. A good stopping off point is the village of Siedlecin. Below this point, an even larger reservoir is located, the largest on all the mountainous bed of the Bobr : Jezioro Pilchowickie. Due to the sharp configuration of the terrain there is no trail following along the bank of the rvier. The promontory on the left bank of its lower side is a common hiking route,. As well as the walk over the dam that leads to the opposite shore, on which a friendly inn is located. Gory Kaczawskie section - this relatively quiet part of the Bóbr starts from the village of Pilchowice, and goes through Nielestno, Wlen and goes to Lwowek Slaski, the next large town which can be considered as the end of the mountainous.
The most difficult mountain river is Kamienna in Karkonosze, because during spring melting snow alters its state from a slow spring into a rapid river. It flows through the centre of Szklarska Poreba and almost all the year long you can cross it on foot without any problems. However, when the level of water is higher, its upper part reaches the values of IV+/V- in a six grade international scales of mountain rivers difficulty WW (white water). Such a condition is possible only for a few days in the year, usually in April. At that time the Open Polish Academic Championships in mountain canoeing takes place on the river. And every year dozens of contestants from the whole country gather to meet the challenge. The river is very close to hotels..
In the upper reaches of the western part of Kwisa separates the High Spine and Spine Kamienickiego. Below Krobicy affects the Pogorze Izerskie, dividing them into two parts. For Nowogrodziec affects the Silesian Lowland , and in the final race passes through the Lower Silesian Forests. In the area of the catchment area of the Jizera Mountains mountain above Mirska is 126km2 , picking up left-bank tributaries : Siniec, Wodopój, Czerwony Potok, Pluskotnik, Mokrzyca, Swieradówka, Czarny Potok and right-bank Struga , plok , Falcon , Bystrzyk , Krobicki stream and Mrozynka. Because the river is characterized by a high variability of water levels and significant differences in flows at the beginning of the twentieth century was built on the two barrier lakes : Zlotnickie and Lesnianskie . Were rooted in the landscape and excellent are picturesque tourist attraction throughout the year attracting crowds. It is worth mentioning that the Lake Lesnianskie is Czocha castle. Kwisa already in the early Middle Ages was a place of exploration and production of gold. The main areas of production were around Swieradow Zdroj, Rozdroza Izerskiego and valleys of the Czerwony Potok. Later valley Kwisa penetrated Walloons and other treasure seekers. From the mid-thirteenth to the end of the eighteenth century . Kwisa was the border between Silesia and Lusatia Gorne . Linked to this team castles, lying on the foothills Izerskie called “ kwiski key .”
The surrounding countryside of Plichowic is the poerfect place to relax with fishing and other and other water sports.
The trail goes along the edges of the Kaczawskie Foothills through the Jeleniogórska Valley, along the picturesque valley of the river Bóbr with the Bóbr Valley Landscape Park with its natural reserves of forests, a recreational-educational trail and viewing terraces. In 1912 a dam and an artificial lake were built on the river Bóbr, thus the Pilchowickie lake was created. It is currently the biggest hydrotechnical structure in Silesia, which constitutes a cascade-construction system on the river Bóbr. The area around the reservoir is a perfect destination for walks. Then the trail goes along the Izerskie Foothills along the valley of the river Kwisa, through Lubomierz, Gryfów Slaski to Luban. Between Gryfów and Lesna, on the river Kwisa, a complex of reservoirs has been built: he Zlotnickie lake and the Lesnianskielake next to which Castle Czocha is situated (on the south side, on a high river bank); on the north there is Rajsko Castle. From the castles one can admire the magnificent views of the parks and local mountains. Above the lakes there are trails allowing for the active leisure.