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RIVER PROFILE

The Noteć River is the largest tributary of the Warta, 361 km (224.3 mi) in length. It is divided into two basic sections: The Upper Noteć, from the source to Nakło on the Noteć – 174 km (108.1 mi) long – and the Lower Noteć, constituting a fragment of International Waterway E70, stretching from Nakło to the river’s outlet into the Warta, 187 km (116.2 mi) long. The Lower Noteć owes its present shape to the fact that it was canalised in 1906-1914. The course of the Noteć that belongs to IW E70 is characterised by varied gradients, which allows to distinguish several sections described below:

The section with a marked gradient (0.29 ‰), about 15 km (9.3 mi) in length, from Nakło on the Noteć (km 39) to Gromadno (km 54).

The Noteć Leniwa (The Lazy Noteć) – about 50 km (31 mi) long, with a small gradient of 0.016 ‰ – stretches from the outlet of the Łobzonka (km 57) to the outlet of the Gwda (km 106).

The Noteć Bystra (The Rapid Noteć), also called the Lower Canalised Noteć – about 70 km (43.5 mi) long, with a gradient of 0.2 ‰, stretching from the outlet of the Gwda in the town of Ujście (km 106.1) to Krzyż (km 175). It owes its name to the fact that after the confluence of the Noteć with its largest tributary, the Gwda, the flows for the river’s channel increase 2.5 times per second.

The freely flowing Noteć – about 50 km (31 mi) long. From the lock in Krzyż (km 175) to the mouth of the Warta (km 226). The lower freely flowing Noteć is encased with regulation structures, both crosswise and lengthwise, fascine with rock fill for reinforcement.

NAVIGATIONAL INFORMATION

DEPTH AND WIDTH
The transit depth of the canalised stretch of the Lower Noteć (km 38.9-176.2) is between 1.2 and 1.6 m (3.94-5.25 ft). In the case of the freely flowing part (km 176.2-226.1) the depth is 1.2 m (3.94 ft) at MLW and 2 m (6.56 ft) as MW. As regards navigable channel width, its values are between 25 and 30 m (82-98.5 ft) for the former stretch and 30-35 m (98.5-115 ft) for the latter.

LOCKS
There are as many as 14 of them along the Lower Noteć. All of them are monuments of hydraulic engineering and date back to 1906-1914. Passing through them is a time-consuming way to add variety to your trip (you need to allow about 25 minutes for each). On the Noteć Leniwa (The Lazy Noteć) there are three locks: no. 9 – Nakło Zachód (Nakło West, km 42), no. 10 – Gromadno (km 53), no. 11 – Krostkowo (km 68). On the Noteć Bystra (The Rapid Noteć) there are 11 of them, at about 6 km (20 ft) intervals, starting from Lock no. 12 in Nowe (km 111) and ending with Lock no. 22 in Krzyż (km 176).

POWER LINES AND BRIDGES
Power lines occur on the stretch from Nakło on the Noteć as far as Drezdenko. The lowest ones run at the height of 5-6 m (16.4-19.7 ft). Bridges usually guarantee a clearance of above 4 m (13.1 ft). The lowest one, with a clearance of 3.4 m (11.15 ft) is located at km 170, between Wieleń and Drawsko. If you have bicycles packed on top of the vessel’s superstructure, make sure each time to take them down before the bridge.

AIDS TO NAVIGATION
River kilometre signs along the entire length. Along the watercourses, traffic regulation signs are placed that are commonly found on inland waterways.

MOORING
On the 187 km of the lower Noteć there are eight port towns, in which you can use comfortable harbour basins or port quays. On the route you will also find modern marinas in Czarnków or Drawsko as well as a boating harbour in Nakło on the Noteć.

CURRENT
The speed of the current, with normal damming levels at the weirs, is the following: between Nakło and Krostkowo – 0.4 m/s, between Krostkowo and the outlet of the Gwda – 0.35 m/s, and from the Gwda to Krzyż – 0.6 m/s
 
HYDROTECHNICAL HIGHLIGHTS

LOCK NO. 10 KROSTKOWO
The Krostkowo Lock is probably unique in Poland and in Europe. It is a so called an earth (fascine-turf) lock, since only the heads are made of concrete and wall reinforcements are wooden. The lock is filled through a manually opened steel gate. Together with a needle weir, it constitutes the Krostkowo barrage. What adds spice to the lock is that in the period of the Second Polish Republic it used to lie at the country border. The weir just beside it was already in the Third Reich.


HIGH-CABLE FERRIES IN CISZKOWO AND WALKOWICE
In Ciszkowo and Walkowice, high-cable ferries function. Their construction is based on a cable stretched above water level, with so-called guiding cables attached to it, fastened to the other side of the ferry, at both ends. By lengthening or shortening them, it is possible to steer the ferry in such a way that the river’s current directs it in the desired direction. Unlike in the case of low-cable ferries, there is no danger here that plants or objects carried with the current might get caught in the cables.


GLASSWORKS IN UJŚCIE
Glass production requires the availability of sand and clean water. This made Ujście an excellent location for a glassworks. It was built in 1809 and is the oldest manufacturer of glass containers in Poland. It manufactures green and brown bottles of various capacities for domestic and foreign customers.



TOURIST HIGHLIGHTS

CRUISES ON THE NOTEĆ
The region’s most interesting attractions include cruises on the scenic Noteć River on a ship called the Władysław Łokietek (Władysław the Elbow-High). During the trip, you can admire the abundance of riverside nature. The cruises are offered by one of Poland’s few Complexes of Schools of Inland Navigation in Nakło. It is also a good idea to ask the crew about the story of the man the school is named after – Cdr Bolesław Romanowski,  remembered for his escape to Great Britain on the ORP Wilk (Wolf) warship during the Polish September Campaign of 1939 and for the daring operations of the ORP Dzik (Boar) warship.


SUNBURNT TWIN DAY
Every year, on the last weekend of August, visitors to Czarnków see double. Twins from all over Poland gather in the town at that time. Young and old ones have fun together, taking part in a parade and a variety of attractions, and the event ends with the resolution of the contest for the most similar-looking pair of siblings.


THE PARK OF WORLD CULTURES
In the renovated historic park complex in Drezdenko, the Park of World Cultures will be set up. Apart from monuments of nature, it will feature replicas of the most famous buildings from all over the world, e.g. the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty or the Taj Mahal temple. When passing by each sculpture, you will hear the most interesting information about its prototype. In the park, there will also be a small amphitheatre and numerous places encouraging children and adults to rest in the fresh air.

 

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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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