From Malá Skála to Březina
- The length of the route: 24,8 km
- Start: Žlutá plovárna Malá Skála Destination: Březina – up the weir
- Parking, refreshment and toilets: Leave your car in parking lot by Žlutá Plovárna (free parking for clients), refreshment is in the guest house and pub Křížky or kiosk in Dolánky
- The way back: approx. 1 km from your destination is a train station, you can get back directly or with one change of trains, train station Březina
OUR TIP: Stay overnight in Camp Dolánky u Turnova and use the grills located here.
You can start your journey right from our boat rental Žlutá plovárna above the weir, or, if you are a little afraid of going through the sluice, you can get on the boat below it.
Just a short way from the weir in Malá Skála, close to Boučkův statek, is the river joined by a race from the local power station and the water suddenly becomes alive. The current from the race will carry you to our newly reconstructed Guest house and pub Křížky. The restaurant offers meals, sausages, soft serve ice cream, draught beer and beer in cans, which you can take to the boat. There is a big sandpit and playground for children. The part of the guest house is also barrier-free toilets. More experienced watermen can anchor on the right side under the bridge of the cycle path or use the placid place on the opposite bank.
Your journey then continues through flat, but deep valley up to Rakousy. There are huge turns in this part of the river, which goes through a beautiful area, full of beech forests and sandstone and limestone rocks. Behind Rakousy is Loužek, which lies in a rather secluded area, and from which you can see a rock lookout Zdenčina Skála.
From the level of Zdeničina Skála the river slows down and stretches. The weir in Dolánky is close, but before that you will see the well-known restaurant Zrcadlová Koza. From this place flows the river lazily to the weir in Dolánky. (You can also visit Dlaskův statek – a typical example of house in the Jizera foothills and folk museum of traditional crafts.) You can stay overnight in our boating camp in Dolánky and continue the next day.
The weir in Dolánky is not passable, so you will have to carry the boat over, the easiest way is on the right bank of the river and get back on the boats below the sluice-gate of the rubber weir. From Dolánky gets the river quicker, and flows into the valley below the castle in Hrubý Rohozec. The castle stands on a tall limestone rock, and below it is an educational trail past the newly revitalized castle ponds. The stream gets slower again in the turn below the castle and the river is placid till Turnov. The newly built weir in Turnov has on the right side (by the fish sluice-gate) a special footbridge for carrying the boats over. On the same bank stays for more than 100 years a factory Juta, which was producing twines and today
specializes on nonwoven fabric and insulators.
The river briskly continues to Přepeře. Circa 700 metres behind the railway bridge in Turnov flows into Jizera a small river Libuňka. From this point slows the river down and flows through a flatland. Hydroelectric dam makes it impossible to sail, so you will have to carry the boat over, ideally on the left side. Getting back on below the weir is comfortable thanks to a long platform, which slowly descends in water. There is a small recreational area by the weir in Přepeře, where you can refresh yourself.
The next part of the river from the weir is stony, but it gets better after connecting with the race and Jizera vividly continues to Ploukonice and Příšovice. On the left side you can see hilly afforested area of the rocks in the area of Hrubá Skála. And on the horizon in the south you can spot cliffs of the rocks in Příhrazy and Drábské světničky.
Your journey continues past Velký and Malý Písečák, which are flooded sand quarries used nowadays for recreation. There is a camp by “Písečák”,with toilets and refreshment. The river slows down again close to the small bridge, which connects villages Príšovice and Ploukonice and you can expect undisturbed sail till the weir in Svijany, where is the destination of your journey. You can visit the restaurant by the brewery Svijany, or visit the shop Svijany and buy supplies of the local excellent beer.
You can take the boats over the weir in Svijany on the left side. From it there is a long placid section of the river and your sail ends by the weir in Březina. From this point you can go to explore the village or have a beautiful view of Drábské světničky. You can return to Malá Skála either by train, or we will bring you your bikes and you can take a trip to the hearth of the Bohemian Paradise.