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Kayaking on the canals and lakes of the Danube Delta

Kayaking · Dobrogea
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A 3-day kayaking trip through the Danube Delta, which covered part of the St. George's arm, the Litcov canal, lakes Isac, Gorgova, Rotunda and the connecting canals between them. Overnight in a tent on the Litcov arm.
moderate
Distance 59.6 km
10:00 h
11 m
11 m
7 m
-3 m

The starting and finishing point for this round of kayaking was Murighiol.

The first day started quite briskly, as the waters on the St. George's Arm were choppy due to the wind. So we walked along the water's edge and stayed bunched up at all times.

We rested on Lake Isăccel, where we were also greeted by a few sprinkles of rain. Flocks of swans taking flight between the reeds quickly made us forget about the effort and the bad weather.

We quickly crossed Lake Isac, where the currents were causing the kayaks to rock hard, and entered a small channel where we paddled stonily upstream, then entered the Litcov channel, where we were carried downstream by the waters. We spent the night in a tent in the courtyard of a house known to the group leader.

The next day, with better weather, we entered the Gorgova and Rotunda lakes, where we talked to a fisherman and caught superb views of the Beștepe hills. We also spent the night on the Litcov canal at a fisherman's farm.

On the last day, we let ourselves be carried away by the waters as we admired herds of cows, more or less deserted farms, owls perched in trees. The St. George's branch has made us a little calmer. Surrounded by a beautiful sunset, we arrived at the same place we started from.

Author’s recommendation

Reasons to choose such a tour in extra season (mild autumn-winter-early spring):

  • Peeding on small canals is not hindered by the heavy vegetation that occurs in summer.
  • The water level is higher, so there is less risk of bogging in sandbars.
  • Tourist boats running seasonally on the main arms can pose problems for kayakers.
  • Because you are in a nature reserve, random camping in the Delta is not allowed. We stayed in the backyard of some local homesteads.

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Author
Sînziana Mihalache 
Update: June 17, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
7 m
Lowest point
-3 m
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Safety information

At night, jackals may approach tents, but should not attack.

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Coordinates:
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45.037050, 29.183979
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45°02'13.4"N 29°11'02.3"E
UTM
35T 672020 4989386
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Turn-by-turn directions

The route was designed and tested in advance by the group leader in both winter and summer.

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all notes on protected areas

Getting there

Murighiol can be reached by following the 222C road from Tulcea.

Parking

You can leave your car near the pier.

Coordinates

DD
45.037050, 29.183979
DMS
45°02'13.4"N 29°11'02.3"E
UTM
35T 672020 4989386
w3w 
///swerved.canoe.tonally
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Neoprene suit, life jacket, everything you need to stay in the tent.

Localization

Parts of this content were machine translated using Romanian as the source language


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
59.6 km
Duration
10:00 h
Ascent
11 m
Descent
11 m
Highest point
7 m
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