Czarna Hańcza and Augustów Canal – COMFORT – 8 days

Spływ kajakowy zorganizowany, noclegi w komfortowym bungalowie w Augustowie, 8 dni /6 dni spływu – 94 km. Terminy '2019



8 days /6 days

94 km

accommodation in Augustów

HB - breakfasts, dinners



Czarna Hańcza – one of the most appealing and best known in Poland. The river is relatively wide, and it has a mild current that makes it easier to kayak. It meanders calmly along grasslands and woods of Augustów Primeval Forest. Its relaxing atmosphere is driven by the river’s gentle bends, curves, and fallen trees that are easy to pass. In general, the route is not difficult, suitable for beginners and families with children.

Accommodation: Augustów – rooms in a bungalow (newly built) / summer houses or campsite at Villa Skomanda.
Catering: HB – breakfasts and dinners

STANDARD OPTION (accommodation on the route) HERE. 

The most beautiful kayaking route in Poland.

Spływ kajakowy Czarną Hańczą i Kanałem Augustowskim
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Spływ kajakowy Kanałem Augustowskim SZOT
Spływ kajakowy Czarna Hańcza SZOT


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1st day:

Arrival in Augustów, check-in.   /from 2 PM to 10 PM/
SZOT Base (how to find us) – office; water equipment rental – kayaks, canoes, bikes, tents; Villa Skomanda – hotel; restaurant; bungalow (8 comfortable rooms); summer houses; playground for children; outdoor sauna; sheltered barbeque area with a fireplace; fenced parking area.

2nd day:

9:30 AM    Transportation to the kayaking starting point – Wigry Lake; SZOT kayaking marina. We start with a short individual sightseeing of the Post-Camaldolese monastery complex, a place where Pope John Paul II rested during his pilgrimage to Poland in 1999. From here extends admiring view on the panorama of Wigry Lake. Before we start the tour, a short briefing will be provided (organizational and safety issues; kayaking instructions).

Kayaking route: Wigry – Maćkowa Ruda   /10 km

Our starting point is the area of Wigry National Park – Wigry Lake; Postaw Lake; Czarna Hańcza River meandering among tall reeds and water plants. While passing some small villages, the river occasionally divides, and thus we can see multiple small grassy islands along the way.

Return to Augustów.

3rd day:

Transportation to the kayaking starting point.

Kayaking route: Maćkowa Ruda – Frącki   /19 km

This section of the river is very calm and attractive. It is surrounded by high, steep riverbanks overgrown with trees. At the very beginning, the current is fast-flowing but safe; then, the speed decreases. Multiple bends, bifurcations, and backwater areas covered with rustling reeds are common here. The river is pretty wide and overgrown with numerous water plants, what makes the view even more magnificent.

Return to Augustów. Bonfire party in the evening.

4th day:

Transportation to the kayaking starting point.

Kayaking route: Frącki – Mikaszówka   /23 km

This section of the river is calm and runs mostly along primeval grasslands. At the very beginning of this route, the current is slow, and riverbanks are covered with tall reeds. Then, we reach “the heart” of Augustów Primeval Forest, where Czarna Hańcza River runs through deep corners of forested swamplands. Then, the river narrows and strongly meanders. On the route there are some natural obstacles in form of fallen trees. The last two kilometers we kayak through the Augustów Canal regulated by historic, manually operated locks (must-see!).

Return to Augustów.

5th day:

Transportation to the kayaking starting point.

Kayaking route: Mikaszówka – Płaska   /13 km

In Mikaszówka town there is an old wooden church built in the traditional architectural style, a perfect match for the wilderness of old-growth forests. The route starts on Augustów Canal; then we reach picturesque lakes that perfectly blend into the surrounding landscape of Augustów Primeval Forest. There are three locks on the route, and one of them (Paniewo lock) has two chambers (the difference in water levels is 6,40 m!).

Return to Augustów.

6th day:

Transportation to the kayaking starting point.

Kayaking route: Płaska – Przewięź   /17 km

The kayaking trip starts on Gorczyckie Lake, relatively shallow and narrow; later, it continues through Augustów Canal. There are several bays covered with tall reeds, where you can see several species of aquatic birds and beavers. Then, we pass Serwy Lake and enter the longest section of the Canal (so-called Czarnobrodzki Canal) running in a straight line. There are two locks on the route, and beautiful Studzieniczne Lake at the very end.

Return to Augustów.

7th day:

Transportation to the kayaking starting point.

Spływ: Przewięź – Augustów   /12 km

The final stage of the kayaking route along two picturesque lakes: Białe and Necko Lake full of beaches and swimming zones. These lakes are attractive not only for kayakers, but also for motorboat enthusiasts and sailors – therefore, we should kayak along the shore of the lake, and remember to yield the right-of-way to any larger water vehicles. At the end we kayak through Netta River and Augustów Canal. On the route there is one lock – Augustów lock.

The trip ends next to SZOT Base.

8th day:

After breakfast, check-out, Guests’ departure.


1439 PLN/person    1209 PLN/children up to 12, sharing a room with 2 parents   1349 PLN/3rd person in the room
Bungalow option – in a double room

1439 PLN/person**         1289 PLN/children up to 12**
Summer House option (4-person)
**when housing 4 ppl

1209 PLN/person             1059 PLN/children up to 12
Tent option – SZOT campsite

STANDARD OPTION (accommodation on the route) HERE. 

Price includes

  • seat in a double SZOT KOMFORT kayak with paddling gear (paddle, life jacket, soft seat) – 6 days
  • 7 x night’s accommodation – depending on your chosen option
  • 7 x catering (breakfast, dinner); children up to 12 – half servings
  • bonfire party with sausages
  • daily transportations of people to the kayaking starting point and back (in accordance with the chedule)
  • lifeguard / kayaking instructor guidance – 6 days
  • Wigry National Park ticket
  • map of the route – one per kayak
  • accident insurance (AXA 10000 PLN)
  • Guarantee Fund contribution of 0 PLN

Parking lot during the kayaking tour – free.

For our regular guests we offer an additional discount.

Paid separately

  • locks on Augustów Canal (9 on the route) – approx. 4,20 PLN/per kayak/per lock (payable on the spot; at the lock; daily operated till 7 PM),
  • local fee in Augusów – 14 PLN/person/trip
  • renting a 1-person room in a bungalow – 340 PLN/person /trip
  • TENT option only – warm shower in SZOT Base – 5 PLN/shower
  • renting a single SZOT kayak; kayaking in a double kayak individually – 60 PLN/trip
  • renting a single CAROLINA kayak – 130 PLN/trip
  • renting a double polyethylene kayak: CRUISER II / VISTA / HORIZON – 24 PLN/person/trip
  • renting a 2-person igloo tent – 89 PLN/trip + deposit of 50 PLN
  • renting a foam mattress – 12 PLN/trip
  • renting a waterproof bag (55l) or barrel (3,5l/10,4l) – 18 PLN/trip + deposit of 50 PLN
  • sauna bathing – 150 PLN/90 min./group
  • available to purchase in the SZOT office: maps, waterproof mobile phone cases, sport gloves, sun hats and raincoats.



Spływy kajakowe z pasją, Czarna Hańcza, Rospuda, Kanał Augustowski
ul. Konwaliowa 2
Augustów 16-300, Polska

+48 87 644 67 58

+48 601 146 703