Rafting Guide

Smotrych River

1st day – Kamyaekts Podolsky. Day 2: Kamenets-Podolsky – Tsviklevtsy, 30 km 3rd day: Tsviklevtsy – Luca Vrublevskaya, 34 km; ll-d: Lyka-Bpyblevskaya – Stydenitsy, 30 km Day 4: Studenica – Old ushytsia , 22 km.

Below Kamenetz-Podolsk in the river shallows and found the dam, and farther shore, the wooded, step aside and catamarans leave for a vast reservoir Tsviklevskoy GEC. NA B & B you can stop before reaching the village Tsviklevtsy. After a hydroelectric dam to the confluence of the Dniester Smotricha is 2 km. With the release of the Dniester can feel powerful over the big river. The banks are high, often rocky, covered with sparse vegetation. Below is found the forest. Break at the camp can be far from the village of Luka-Vrublevskaya. In the vicinity of the village were excavated one of the largest in Ukraine rannetripolskogo settlement. Now there is an archaeological reserve.

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Strypa River

Strypa – left tributary of the Dniester. In the area of the alloy all the wooded shore, there is no village. From Buchach in the Dniester river floats picturesque canyon. The average width of 20-30 meters. Depth of 20 cm and more. Current velocity 7 km / h (high water), in line with the stones occur.

Obstacles in fact share the river in several parts. In the beginning (on pp. Ploticha to with. Sokolniki) – partly filled with trees, spreading branches, need to be careful with the oars, carefully place between the branches, so as not to damage clothing. In the middle part (up to Buchach) many Obnosov: dam, causeway, bridges. In the area with. Zhiznomir Obnosov about 0,5 km. Below Buchach river overflows and grows shallow. Often the need to move the ship. In general, river often cross bridges, usually quite high.

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Dniester River

River DniesterDay 1: Nezvisko – Beremiany. Visiting the ruins of the fortress in Rakovets, climbing Chervona hill. Day 2: Beremiany – Ustechko. Visiting Chevonogorod valley, Dzhurin waterfall and Dzurin castle. Day 2: Ustechko – Zalishchyki. Mostly river-trip. Visiting Zalishchyki.

Dniester River is the largest river in Western Ukraine. The length of River Dniester is 1375 km, basin area is 72 100 km2. The source of River Dniester is situated on the northern slopes of the forested Carpathian Mountains, near village Rozluch, at the altitude of about 900 m. Dniester flows through Carpathians, among the picturesque rocky shores of Podolia (Dniester Canyon), orchards and vineyards of Moldova into Black Sea.

River DniesterIn ancient times, the absence of other means of communication made Dniester (then called Tiras), the only trade route for the tribes which inhabited its shores. That is why, so many castles, fortress and traditional trading towns still may be found along Dniester River. The ruins of many castles attract attention of travelers. On its way down to Black Sea Dniester receives 386 tributaries, such as: Stry, Svicha, Bistrica, Stripa, Seret, Zbruch, Smotrich etc.

White-water part of Dniester River could be found between village Strilki and town Staryj Sambor. There used to be a complex rapid in Staryj Sambor but it completely disappeared after the disastrous flood of 2008. After Staryj Sambor River Dniester flows through lowlands – this part is much less interesting for rafting, partially because the river bed was artificially straighten here. Very interesting area starts from village Zhuravno – the banks of Dniester River become higher and surrounded by lush forests. From village Cvitova on, once again, Dniestr enters agricultural area.

River DniesterFrom Halych to the mouth of the river Zbruch stretches the most interesting part of the Dniester River. Here the river Dniester formed the canyon, where it flows with the speed of 5-7 km/h. Beautiful scenery, lots of caves and waterfalls could be found in Dniester Canyon. After Hotyn there are two large reservoirs – Novodnistrovske and Dubosarske, where the current speed of the river slows down to 1-2 km/h.

The best season to explore the white-water part of Dniester is April-May, but for the middle and lower parts – April-October. The most common vessels here – kayak or cataraft. There are no obstacles there the vessels should be carried, but you have to be prepared for hard rowing.

Dniester Rafting trips in middle and lower parts of the Dniester are generally accessible to beginners and families. A dense network of roads and railways makes the planning for Dnieter rafting trip more flexible.

The sightseeing points along the Dniester Canyon

Nyzhniv village

Church from XVIII century and another church from 1872. Water mill from XIX century. Monument of B. Khmelnytskyj. Beginning of picturesque Dniester Canyon.

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Odaiv village

Odaiv is a famous site for hang-gliding and paragliding. There is also an archaeological site on the left bank (which 70m.of height): the remains of Trypilska culture from IV-III century BC have been discovered here in Odaiv. Odaiv also is a famous site for caving. In a cave Dumka (Odaiv XI) have been found the remains from the Paleolithic period, such as stone tools and bones of reindeer. Age of the settlements – about 20 thousand years. There is a contemporary chapel built, in honor of St. Panteleimon. There is also a cavern nearby – unknown monks hundreds of years ago hollowed out room for services. In the rock shelter is located UPA soldiers who died here during the fighting in 1940s. In their honor there is a cross here – on a high bank over a picturesque canyon of Dniester.

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Koropets town

Koropets, situated along the Dniester bank, is a truly unique town. The first documentary memories of Koropets are from 1421, when it belonged to Kierdia, Pekarsky, Potocki, At that time Koropets was a border post between Rzeczpospolita and Ottoman Empire, and it remained so until Khotyn battle in 1621. The is a Palace of Count Casimir Baden (1846 -1909) – he was a governor of Galicia, the Austrian Prime Minister and Minister of the Home Office. The castle is surrounded by the park with old and exotic trees.

Deleva village

In the vicinity of Deleva village there was a archeological site from the Kiev Russia period.

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Stienka village

On the left steep bank of Dniestr River there is a natural cave in ancient times used as a sanctuary, which was later converted into a Christian church. Ancient paintings were found inside the cave – some of them of unexplained origin, quite possible that that was an unknown writings. Unfortunately the cave is not protected and these paintings soon will be lost.

Petriv village

There is a church from 1851. In the former mansion of polish baron Rozhna, there is a pub, with amazing underground premises.

Vozyliv village

Close to Vozyliv village there is a mount called Baba. According to a legend, some smith Klepey, during his escape from Turkish captivity, captured Turkish princes and executed her at Baba mount Here, in 1951 in the battle with Bolsheviks was killed the last Ukrainian Nationalist guerrilla called Ignat.

Isakov village

This is another famous site for paragliding and hang-gliding. The name comes from the name of the monk Isak, who lived on the vicinity of the village. In the vicinity of Isakov village there is another rocky monastery.

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Nezvisko village

There is a known archaeological site in the nearest vicinity of the village – the settlements from the Upper Paleolithic era. One of few bridges over Dniester River along the Dniester Canyon is situated here – but it involves a lot of effort and emotions to cross Dniester by that almost ruined bridge.

Rakovets village and Rakovets Castle

Rakovets is famous because of its castle. The ruins of Rakovets castle could be seen from far. Rakovets castle was built by Dominique Wojciech Bienovski in 1660. Rakovets Castle was built in a tactically disadvantageous position, and the only reason for this was the access to the water source. Nether the less it withstood several sieges during the Turkish-Polish war in 17th centaury. But eventually Rakovets castle was destroyed in 1676.

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Beremiany village

Not far from Beremiany village there is Red Mountain. A legend mentions the fact of execution of lurge number of peaceful peasants by Turkish army. Since that the killed peasant’s blood forever has stained the mountain – that’s why it is called red. This is also one of the warmest places in the Ternopil region, even in the most severe winters the snow here does not remain more than 1-2 days. 20 km northwards, not far from Rusyliv village the could be found Rusyliv cascade of waterfalls. The stream cuts a deep gorge and the steep bank over Strypa river – left tributary of Dniester. There are 14 waterfalls and the highest of them riches 12 m.). Between Rusyliv and Beremyany ther is another similar wonder – Sokoliv cascade of waterfalls.

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Nyrkiv village

Nyrkiv castle and church, actually their ruins, are situated in a valley that remain crater of volcano – a kind of Lost World. The most powerful waterfall in Ukraine – Dzhuryn waterfall – also could be found here. The water of Dzhuryn waterfall drop down from 16 meters. In the past, there was a town of Chervonogorod – a capital of an independent principality. Now there are only 2 high towers of the former castle, that was rebuilt into a palace, which was destroyed during the First World War; and a crumbling church from 15th century.

Gorodnitsa village

The last Galician village on the way down Dnester River situated on the right bank, on the historical border with Bukovina region.

Strilche village

The first written mention of the village dates from the year 1438. Here the was a border between Galicia-Volhynia and Ottoman Empire. The village received its name because of the archers, who were guarding the border. There is also an Ivan Evangelist’s Church that was built in 1812.

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Babyn village

In Babyn there are a famous waterfall and unique rocky chapel. If you are interested in bird watching, there is an ornithological reserve, where the colony of gray herons numbers 99 nests.

Kostryzhivka village

This is a typical Bukovynian village. In the past Dniester divided Kostryzhivka into the Polish and Romanian sides.

Zalischyky town

Due to warm and dry climate, cheap fruit and vegetables may be found here. In Polish times (1930s) Zalischyky was a popular resort. From that has remind a botanical garden with some exotic trees in. On the high left bank in front of Zalischyky there is a recently constructed Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate and on the foot of the hill – an ancient monastery and an old little church from 16th centaury.

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Stohod River

Stokhid flows through glacial and is a right tributary of the Pripyat length – 188 km. The width of the channel mostly 5 – 15 m, maximum – 60 m, the river is divided into numerous straits and the old channel (hence the name – “one hundred and-turn”).

It has long been on the high water Stokhod fused bundles of wood harvested in the winter – “Goma”, ie Gusochka who come to the shore of Povorska to Pinsk for two weeks. Heavy pack, rushing flood, kept track of the main flow – Struga. In 60-ies alloy woods anymore. River became overgrown. Ducts are often obstructed ezami – pens made out of poles for fishing. Board – archaic hives – even today be seen in the villages along the banks – mighty pile high in the canopy of oaks.

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Sluch Riwer

Sluch River paved its channel through the Ukrainian crystalline shield that formed the surrounding landscape. The banks are high, often steep, covered with brushwood and mixed forests. Exits rocks form a picturesque cluster of stones on the shores, cliffs, rock cliffs. Occasionally rocky shoals, rapids, Shiver. The flow of the river fairly quickly, especially in the shallows. Passage route is complicated by numerous artificial obstacles in the form of damaged dam and bridge, which formed rapids of varying difficulty. At the current dams will have to do Obnosov.

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Zbruch River

Scala-Podolsky-Dniester (72 km) – Hawtin (10 km).

In contrast to the Dniester River, its tributaries almost unknown to a wide range of tourist-tors, although some of them quite interesting, among them in the first place should be put, apparently, Zbruch. Since Smotrich flowing through the city-reserve Kamenetz-Podolsk, after completion of construction Novodnestrovskaya GES for several tens of kilometers into a bay reservoir, which greatly hurt him as canoeing river.

Zbruch for centuries served overseas in Turkey and Poland, and the end of XVIII century – Austria and Russia. On the banks of the river and now the ruins of old castles, monuments of the Catholic, Muslim, Orthodox and Jewish cultures.

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Stryj River

Stry – the largest tributary of the Dniester. The origins of taking on the wooded slopes of the Skole Beskydy. The width of the channel in the upper – 30-50 meters, in the middle course – 50-80 meters in the lower reaches – up to 150 meters. In the upstream flow velocity reaches places 4 meters per second, in the lower reaches – 1,5-2 meters per second. In line with many small rapids, shoals, clamps, shiver.

In the high water route can be started from the village of Upper Visotske or from the village of Klymets. In the upper river is very winding, steep high banks, swift current. Below Turks River winds between steep wooded banks, which do not always have a convenient outlet. In the mean water Stry on this site is grows shallow, the possible entry of ships. During the flood, on the contrary, rolls are closed, but in some places there are slanting shafts and strong clamps. Village of New Kropivnik located 40 kilometers from the Turks, the width of the channel is 40-60 meters.

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Limnyca River

Lomnica is one of the cleanest rivers in Ukraine. At its banks no industrial enterprise. Its length is 122 km in the upper valley is narrow, steep banks, in an area. Ash – asymmetric, with a low right and high left bank. Below – the valley Lomnica trapezoid, 4 – 7 km in width, in the lower reaches of its width is reduced to 2 km. The bed Lomnica rocky, the average current forks into the sleeves. The width of the Carpathians it reaches 20 – 60 m, depth 2 m. The slope of the river – 9,4 m / km.

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Svicha River

Right tributary of the Dniester, the length of 106 km, flows into the Dniester below the city Zhuravne. Like most of the Carpathian rivers, a large mass of water candle throws during the spring snowmelt and summer – when it rains. The spring snowmelt determines a sharp rise of water in the summer – the same during the rains, which are not uncommon. The water level can rise up to 2 m or more. The whole river for the complexity and nature is divided into three sections.

Mountain section – from source to the 68-th km. from the mouth (above the village Shevchenkovo). On the mountain area the river flows in a narrow v-like valley. So here are almost all thresholds and shivery candles. Slopes are steep valleys, covered with dense forests.