Czarna Hańcza and Augustów Canal – STANDARD – 6 days

See the most beautiful river, Czarna Hańcza, and Augustów Canal in a kayak. Kayaking trip with accommodations on the route - 6 days.



6 days

94 km

accommodation on the route

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: two options – campsites; agritourism farms/waterside hostels on the route.
Catering: HB – breakfasts and dinners

COMFORT OPTION (accommodation in Augustów) HERE. 

The most beautiful kayaking route in Poland.


Spływ kajakowy Czarna Hańcza SZOT
Wigry - Pokamedulski Klasztor, spływ kajakowy
splyw kajakiem ognisko
Czarna Hańcza spływ kajakowy Standard 6 dni SZOT
Spływ kajakowy Kanałem Augustowskim SZOT


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1st day:

till 11.00 – Arrival in Augustów, 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.

In the neighborhood, there is a large bakery, where you can conveniently do shopping before you start your kayaking trip.

There is a possibility to book an extra night in Villa Skomanda before the kayaking trip – ask about the availability.

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.

Night’s accommodation at an agritourism farm – very simple summer houses / campsite with a separate building with showers and toilets.

2nd day:

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.

Bonfire party in the evening.

Night’s accommodation at a waterside hotel – renovated summerhouses / campsite with a separate building with showers and toilets.

3rd day:

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!).

Night’s accommodation at an agritourism farm – rooms with bathrooms / campsite

4th day:

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!).

Night’s accommodation at a waterside hotel – renovated summerhouses / campsite with a separate building with showers and toilets.

5th day:

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.

Night’s accommodation – waterside hotel; summer houses with bathrooms; canteen; beach resort; campsite.

6th day:

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.


1089 PLN /person                    979 PLN /children up to 12
STANDARD option – agritourism farms – 2/4-person rooms and summer houses on the route /without bedding/

949 PLN /person                      839 PLN /children up to 12
TENT option – campsites on the route

COMFORT OPTION (accommodation in Augustów) HERE. 

Price includes

  • seat in a double SZOT KOMFORT kayak with paddling gear (paddle, life jacket, soft seat)
  • accommodation – depending on your chosen option
  • catering (breakfast, dinner); children up to 12 – half servings
  • lifeguard / kayaking instructor guidance
  • transportation from SZOT Base, Augustów to the kayaking starting point in Wigry
  • Wigry National Park ticket
  • bonfire party with sausages
  • daily luggage transports
  • 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),
  • 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 – 20 PLN/person
  • 1-person room/summer house – COMFORT option – 180 PLN/trip
  • renting a 2-person igloo tent – 140 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 – approx. 100 PLN/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