Latvia | Kurzeme | Užava

The section from Stradži (A) to Tērande (B) runs slowly through pastures and undergrowth. The scenery of the shore is monotonous, and this is a good time to get more comfortable in the canoe. The most beautiful stage of Užava starts in Tērande (B) and continues until Sise (C). The river is quite snaky, the trees growing on its shores often intertwine their branches above the stream. There are some swifts and large stones. Before Sise the river considerably narrows and its course gets only around 2m wide, its speed increases. After a typical bottleneck there are ruins of an old mill dam, and the riverbed is covered with heavy stones. This is the only place on Užava where inexperienced paddlers happen to turn their canoe over or draw in water at a higher water level. There is nothing dangerous here at a low level. Sise reinforced concrete bridge (C) is the end point for one-day canoeing. After the Sise bridge (C) the river straightens rapidly, and the drainage consequences are clearly visible. Absolutely straight 5km long sections are rich in fish and the surrounding fauna. There may be trees fallen across the river and drifts, but the most of them can be circumnavigated or crossed over. The course almost stops before Užava village and the river is very slow during the last 3km to the sea, you can hear the sea roaring afar. The river flows along the sea for the last 500m, you can see the dunes and behind them - the beach and the sea. There is a foot bridge across the river right before the sea with hanging fishing tackles and lamprey traps; stay on the right - it is usually free for canoeing. The route ends at the spot where the rivers flow into the sea. There is an easily accessible berth space on the right shore and the Latvian State Forests resting area. Maršruta finišs ir tieši upes ietekā jūrā. Labajā krastā ir ērta piebraukšanas vieta un Latvijas Valsts mežu apmetne.