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Abava

Type of the river : Abava is Class 1 river. It has the most beautiful ancient valley in Kurzeme. The river is proper for leisure paddling. In springtime you can start in place Pure, but summer routes are common starting from Plosti or Sabile. If you wish to escape from civilization, good place to start is Renda.

 

Recommended type of boat : Canoe. Prefferably polyethylene hulls due to obstacles along the course. But it is also possible to go by any kind of kayak or inflatable boat. Trip duration may vary from stated though.

 

 

Canoeing routes (click to see description):

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  Route
distance
duration

 

  Kandava - Plosti campsite
16 km
1 day

 

  Kandava - Abava hub
29 km
1 day

 

  Devil's stone - Abava hub
16 km
1 day

 

 

Plosti camp. - Vegu bridge

19 km
1 day
    Kandava - Vegu bridge
35 km
2 days

 

  Renda bridge - Venta river
36 km
2 days

 

  Renda bridge - Naba lakes
44 km
2 days

 

  Renda - Zleku bridge
50 km
2 days
   

Pure - Renda bridge

60 km
3 days
    Plosti camp. - Naba lakes
76 km
3 days
    Kandava - Naba lakes
92 km
4 days

* the color reflects tourists' preferences in selecting a route from this list (red is more often). Code according to the scale:

- season's top route

 

Abava is a quite drift and calm river. You will face minor rapids and overfalls closer to river Venta. Most common routes are starting from town Kandava to village Renda or river Venta, however some put in considerably upstream – in surroundings of town Tukums. Near town Kandava river becomes rambling, thus you move away from Kandava quite slowly. Also downstream the flow is often drift, so if you go by inflatable boat, you will have to paddle pretty hard to move on.

 

Abava hub can be easily spotted at a distance. It's an about one meter high dolomite upsurge across the river. Main stream flows along on the left bank. If water level is low, it is recommended to cross the hub by main stream. Otherwise, if water level is high, it is recommended to scout the hub – the right bank of river is the easiest solution by land.

In about 200 meters downstream the hub, river turns swift and a little bit waving.

Abava hub is an attractive place to visit for tourists and quite crowded in summer; if you intend to make a camp place here, be ware of thieves.


Banks of river Abava until village Renda are covered with bushes, there are some sandstone outdrops. Below village Renda Abava flows through under occupied terrain. There are practically no access roads. Scenic beauty of wild nature is outstanding here. Sandstone outdrops become more common in this stage of river.

 

Abava routes can be connected with other routes and thus diversified via scouting (it's recommended to equip with special boat carriage) starting from Abava through the lake of Sluja to Usma lake, by continuing Engure, Rinda and Irbe rivers' routes. See details in route descriptions:

 

Exoticness and route connections:

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  Maršruts
garums
ilgums

 

  Renda - Irbe river outfall into the sea
120 km
5 d.

 

  Abava: Irlava - Pure
23 km
1 d.

 

Abava routes are serviced by two regional service partners in Plosti campsite and "Straumeni" nearby Kuldiga. At your disposal here two, three and four seated canoes, paddles, life jackets, boat carriages, camping site, parking-lot. See your rental contract for contact information.

 

Nature reservation “Abava ancient valley”

All Abava routes lead through the territory of Abava ancient valley nature reservation. Please instruct the rules of visiting territory.

 

km
alt.
Waypoint
129.0
52.8
  Lestenes lake
122.4
52.5
  left bank trib. (lbt) Viesate
122.3
52.5
  Tukums - Jaunpils road bridge
119.7
51.4
  Snapju bridge
117.2
50.2
  Irlava, bridge
112.1
45.3
  Tukums-Kuldiga road bridge, place Sati
111.2
44.5
  lbt Zidu spring
109.9
43.4
  lbt Roja
108.3
42.1
  Kisu bridge
104.3
40.0
  Jaunsati place, Tukums - Kandava road bridge
102.8
39.9
  lbt, Abavnieki
100.5
39.7
  lbt Kuksha (aka Vedzele)
98.1
39.0
  Sermuli, bridge
94.2
37.5
  Pure, tilts
92.7
37.0
  rbt Pure
91.6
36.6
  bistro "Laipas" on right
90.6
36.2
  rbt Suneklis
89.8
35.9
  Cafe "Sumbrs" on right
88.2
35.6
  rbt Bebrupe
87.5
35.4
  rbt Ligupe
83.9
34.4
  Kandava, bridge
79.9
32.8
  kk sēravoti, Cuzu
78.4
32.1
  Shallows
76.0
31.9
  Zvejnieku bridge
70.9
30.8
  Devil's cave
70.6
30.7
  Devil's rock on the left bank, shallows.
68.3
30.3
  Plosti, camping
67.7
30.3
  Bridge
66.3
30.1
  lbt Amula
65.9
30.0
  lbt Imula
62.8
29.0
  Sabile sulphur spring
60.1
28.5
  Sabile, bridge
60.0
28.5
  lbt Rambulis
54.6
28.3
  Abava hub
52.9
24.8
  Svente mills
52.7
24.6
  rbt "Virbupe" (Svente)
52.2
24.0
  Kaku rumba shallows
51.4
23.7
  rbt Lasupe
49.1
22.7
  Vegi bridge
49.0
22.7
  lbt Valgale
48.2
22.4
  rbt Vegupite
47.7
22.2
  rbt Zarvalks (waterfalls on the tributary)
43.7
21.6
  rbt Kalesupite
40.6
21.4
  Maras kambari caves
37.9
20.9
  rbt Stelba
35.2
20.2
  lbt Mazupite
34.3
20.0
  lbt Ivande, Ivandes waterfals (200m from Abava)
34.2
20.0
  Renda, bridge
30.4
18.9
  lbt Grifvalks, Mazrenda waterfals
30.3
18.8
  rbt Lankupe
30.0
18.7
  rbt Aclejas upite
29.2
18.5
  rbt Dzirupe
28.6
18.3
  Oil pipeline , Brasliņu shallows
28.4
18.2
  lbt Dunupe
25.2
16.5
  lbt Rumbina
24.9
16.4
  lbt Olupe, campsite on right
24.4
16.1
  lbt Sausvalks
23.9
15.9
  lbt Budnieku valks
22.2
15.3
  lbt Burkvalks
22.1
15.2
  Sandstone outcrop "Iron wall" on the left bank, 3-4m high
20.9
14.8
  rbt Novadnieku valks
18.5
13.9
  Plucu shallows
18.1
13.8
  lbt Kaderu valks
18.0
13.7
  Outcrop "Pramnieku" on the left
16.1
12.4
  lbt Biezupe
14.8
11.5
  Zadavas island
14.7
11.4
  rbt "Serzhu valks"
13.9
10.8
  rbt Kroja
12.6
10.1
  rbt "Velogu strauts"
8.5
8.0
  Ourcrop "Zilumu" on the right
8.4
7.9
  lbt Bebrupite
7.2
6.8
  rbt Tuktes valks
7.1
6.7
  sandstone outcrops on the right
6.9
6.5
  Briedishu shallows
6.1
5.9
  Varpnicas island
5.2
5.0
  "Galmicu" outcrop on the left bank, 30m high
4.2
4.5
  "Sildruvu" outcrop on the right, spring
2.7
3.7
  rbt Naglu valks
2.1
3.3
  ;bt Zagarvalks
-
2.2
  Venta river

 

Profile of the river , slope of the river (m,m/km|km):


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