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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The landbrand team wishes to thank all the people, institutions and other entities whose help, commitment and kindness enabled to publish the guide. We want to express our gratitude to the representatives of the Offices of the Marshals of the Pomorskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Wielkopolskie, and Lubuskie Voivodeships for their cooperation.

Special thanks go to the representatives of the Waterway Development Bureau of the Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship: Director Zbigniew Ptak and Ms Władysława Bogacka, who provided invaluable inspiration and assistance in the course of work on the project. The guide would not have been completed without the kindly assistance and factual input of the representatives of the Economic Development Department and the International Cooperation Department of the Office of the Marshal of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship: Director Maciej Krużewski and Ms Żaneta Marciniak. Also invaluable in the course of work on the project was the support of the representatives of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Office of the Marshal of the Wielkopolskie Voivodeship: Director Marek Beer, Ms Monika Paczyńska and Ms Alina Borkowicz, as well as from the representatives of the Transport Office at the Department of Economy and Infrastructure of the Office of the Marshal of the Lubuskie Voivodeship: Director Danuta Wesołowska-Wujaszek and Mr Zygmunt Stojanowski-Han, Office of the Marshal of the Warmińsko - Mazurskie Voivodeship: Director of the Regional Office of the Marshal of the Warmińsko - Mazurskie Voivodeship in Elbląg Jerzy Wcisła and Przemysław Szreder.  Special thanks go to Mr Stanisław Wroński from the Municipal Urban Planning Department of the City Hall in Bydgoszcz.

We would also like to express our sincere thanks to the authors of the texts: Mr Łukasz Krajewski, Capt. Grzegorz Nadolny, Capt. Andrzej Tomczyk, and our reviewer Capt. Jerzy Hopfer for his priceless remarks. Also, many thanks mainly to Marek Opitz, Grzegorz Nadolny, Stanisław Wroński for making the collection of photographs available, and also, to the Offices of the Marshal of Pomorskie and Warmińsko- Mazurskie Voivodeships, City Halls of Bydgoszcz and Toruń, the Town Hall of Kostrzyn nad Odrą, and the Local Councils of Slońsk and Czarnków. We are also very grateful to all the representatives of sailing, water sports, and tourism who contributed to enrich the content ofof this publication.
HOW TO USE THE GUIDE

The guide is divided into four major parts. The first two parts describe the latitudinal and longitudinal course of International Waterway E70 – a total of over 700 km (430 mi) of waterways. The other two contain practical information, which boaters need to navigate the waterways comfortably.

The latitudinal part of IW E70 runs from Bydgoszcz – from Brdyujście, to be precise – in a westward direction, to the Odra (Oder) River and the waterway systems of Western Europe. The guide describes its successive sections: the Brda, the Bydgoszcz Canal, the Noteć, the Warta and the Odra.

The longitudinal part, which also has its starting point at the confluence of the Brda and the Vistula, situated at km 772 of the queen of Polish rivers, leads in the direction of the Vistula Lagoon and towards the waterways of Eastern Europe. Its description contains information on the following watercourses and water bodies: the Vistula, the Nogat, the Szkarpawa, the Martwa Wisła, the Jagiellonian Canal, the Elbląg River, and the Vistula Lagoon.

The third part of the guide provides information about the opening hours and contact data of ports, harbours, marinas, tourist information points and the most interesting museums, as well as the contact data of local water management stations and emergency telephone numbers. The last part of the guide is a collection of all the signs you can encounter along IW E70. In addition, on the last pages we have presented the diagrams of selected ports and marinas along the Polish section of the IW E70.

The description of each watercourse contains navigational information (transit depths, stopping places, locks, obstacles, etc.) and a general profile of the river (regulation, regime, widths). In order to encourage tourist exploration of the IW E70 route, a few tourist and hydrotechnical attractions are presented. The guide can also function as support for navigation, since its main text is ordered by river kilometres. An additional aid that helps you get your bearings along the route is the graphic scheme presented in the margins. Many of the attractions and hydrotechnical facilities can be found in photographs, which correspond to the information provided.

Abbreviations used in the guide:

LB – left bank (when heading downstream, towards river mouth)
RB - right bank (when heading downstream, towards river mouth)
HNW – high navigable water
LNW – low navigable water
 

LUBUSKIE
Lubuskie voivodeship part of IW E70 is 123 km long, in which 70 km is the Warta, 47 km is the Noteć, and the remaining 6 km is the Odra. The most important towns in this area are Kostrzyn nad Odrą (it is situated from the mouth of the Warta to the Odra, up to the fifth kilometer of this stage), Gorzów Wielkopolski (situated on 54th-60th km of the Warta), Santok (70th km) and Drezdenko (192nd km). The section  from the mouth of the Warta up to its 29th km is the area of the National Park of the Mouth of the Warta together with the adjacent landscape park. On the 70th km of Warta River, close to Santok, there is the Reserve of Santok Bend. The Noteć flows into the Warta exactly in this place.


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WIELKOPOLSKIE
The wielkopolskie section of IW E70 begins with two-kilometer-long section of Noteć River (177th – 179th km of the river) which is a border between the lubuskie and wielkopolskie voivodeships. This section is 121 km long part of the Noteć meandering through the picturesque landscapes among meadows, fields, numerous old river beds and canals. Noteć Wetlands are birds’ sanctuary for 22 bird species protected by European Directive. Sailing through Wielkopolska, you can visit towns like Krzyż (175th km), Wieluń (162nd km), and the towns having new harbours: Drawsko (175th km) and Czarnków (132nd- 134th km) and Ujście (105th – 107th km). In this section IW E70 partly covers with the sailing route Wielka Pętla Wielkopolski.


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KUJAWSKO-POMORSKIE
The route IW E70 in the kujawsko-pomorskie voivodeship consists of 145 km of rivers and canals in total. It begins in the 58th km of the Noteć and leads through its 19-km–long part. Then, it covers 24,5 km of Bydgoszcz Canal, 14,5 km of the Brda and 87 km of the Vistula. The ones who sail from the northern border of the voivodeship heading east can visit the towns: Nakło near the Noteć (40th km of the Noteć) with its new harbor, Bydgoszcz (together with Bydgoszcz Interchange Water System, which is a junction point on the Polish part of IW E70), with its unique hydro technical buildings and two new harbours “Gwiazda”, and “Bydgoszcz” and “Grudziądz” (832nd – 836th km of the Vistula). From the mouth of the Brda up to 859th km of the Vistula there is Chełmiński and Nadwiślański Complex of Landscape Parks. In the distance of 30 km from the mouth of the Brda upstream of the Vistula (on its 728th – 744th km) lies Toruń with its monumental old town complex registered on the list of world heritage of UNESCO.  


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POMORSKIE
The pomorski route of IW E70 contains 182,5 km of river routes, covering the Vistula together with its branches: the Nogat and the Szkarpawa as well as, the Vistula Lagoon. On the 886th km of the Vistula its first branch, the Nogat, begins. It flows on its 15th – 24th km through Malbork where you can admire a castle of Teutonic Knights registered on the list of world heritage of UNESCO, and then on the 38th km it marks the border between pomorskie and warmińsko-mazurskie voivodeships. On the 931st km we reach next branch of the Vistula – the Szkarpawa, flowing into Vistula Lagoon 25 km further. There are Kąty Rybackie, Krynica Morska and Piaski. The section of the Vistula from 932nd km is its drift flowing on 941st km into the Bay of Gdańsk.


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WARMIN~SKO-MAZURSKIE
The route IW E70 which is in warmińsko-mazurskie voivodeship covers 24km long, common with pomorskie voivodeship, section of the Nogat (from its 38th km to the month of Vistula Lagoon), Elbląg River (flowing through port town Elbląg) together with Elbląg Bay, altogether 20 km, and the Vistula Lagoon with towns like: Kadyny, Tolkmicko, Frombork and Nowa Pasłęka. In the mouth of the Nogat  to the Vistula Lagoon, there is a Reservoir of the Mouth of the Nogat, whereas on the area of Elbląg Bay there is an Ornithological Reservoir of Elbląg Bay.


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INTERNATIONAL WATERWAY E70

IW E70 joins western Europe, from Antwerp and Rotterdam, through the Berlin Interchange Waterway System and the Northern Poland, with the Kaliningrad region, and farther, by the system of water way through Pergoła and Dejma Rivers to Klaipeda. The Polish section goes through the Odra to Kostrzń, where it joins the water way Odra-Vistula. The route leads for 68 km by the Warta, 187 km by the Noteć, 24,5 km by the Bydgoszcz Canal and 14,4 km by the Brda until it joins the Vistula (and IW E40) in Bydgoszcz Interchange Water System. Next, the route goes 114 km by the Vistula, 62 km by the Nogat, 35 km by The Vistula Lagoon up to the border with Kaliningrad district. To IW E70 system we also count the Szkarpawa, Elbląg River and Jagiellonian Canal.


The Polish section of IW E70 is a very picturesque and diverse route. Beginning with the Odra, where it meets the very high level of international standards of sailing routes, through the Noteć, where it meanders lazily among the meadow landscapes. Currently, IW E70 can be classified to the II class, except for the part of the Noteć from the mouth of the Drawa to the link with the Bydgoszcz Canal, where only parameters of class I b are fulfilled, and the part of the Odra, which corresponds to  parameters of  III class of sailing route.  E 70 is canalized by means of 28 water levels, one of which - Czersko Polaskie Lock in Bydgoszcz is a new one, put into use in 1999. The other locks are mostly not electrified buildings, built at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Gdańska Głowa and Przegalina are the only exceptions. The width of the water route fluctuates between 16 m and 25  m. The minimum arc radius is 4m. The guaranteed depth of this route is 1,2 m to 1,5 m, and the border speed limit of the ships is 8 km/h.

The major part of the route is now the place of dynamic self-government and private investments which significantly improve water sports infrastructure. The most spectacular projects executed between 2010 – 2012 are: rebuilding the east boulevard in Gorzów Wielkopolski, building marinas and ports in Czarnków, Drawsko, Nakło nad Notecią, building marina in Bydgoszcz and Ujście, carrying out the project of’ the Żuławy Loop- the development of water tourism stage I’ (ports and harbours in Tczew, Drewnica, Biała Góra, Malbork, Osłonka, Błotnik, Braniewo, Krynica Morska, Nowa Paslęka, Elbląg and Tolkmicko) or modernization and adaptation of Zygmunt August boulevard in Elbląg to water sports enthusiasts’ needs. These are only some of numerous self-government and private projects and initiatives, which are going to change the conditions for inland sailing in Poland for good and restore its due place, both in field of logistics and tourism.




 

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INTRODUCTION

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IW E70 – THE EAST-WEST (E-W) STRETCH

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THE BRDA

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THE BYDGOSZCZ CANAL

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THE NOTEĆ

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THE WARTA

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THE ODRA

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IW E70 – THE SOUTH-NORTH (S-N) STRETCH

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THE VISTULA

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THE NOGAT

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THE SZKARPAWA

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THE VISTULA LAGOON

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THE ELBLĄG RIVER AND THE JAGIELLONIAN CANAL

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THE MARTWA WISŁA, THE ŚMIAŁA WISŁA, THE GDAŃSK MOTŁAWA

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INFORMATOR

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WATERWAY SIGNS AND MARKING

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LEGEND

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SCHEMES OF LOCKS AND HARBOURS

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