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Developments here show that a cooperation with neighboring countries might be possible in future.
Augustowski Canal | Belarus: Characteristics & Overview
Rating of waterway
|Degree of difficulty:||Some experience is an advantage|
|Requirements:||Boating license essential|
|Character of waterway:||back to nature, old waterway, to be rediscovered|
|Profile of waterway:||Hardly ever used|
|Facilities groundside:||Not sufficiant|
Waterway has access to:Biebrza River | Poland
Neman | Shchara | Oginski - Canal / Belarus
Augustowski Canal was completed in 1836 and used as a connection between the Vistula, over the Biebrza in Poland, and the Neman in Belarus. Since the canal originally was built for political reasons, and developments on the Neman, to the south and the North, never got done, it very soon lost of importance.
Today, the very well completed canal with its beautiful wooden locks is used for tourism and pleasure boating.
Poland has asked the UNESCO in 2007 to take the Polish part of the canal onto their list as a world cultural heritage.
The part belonging to Belarus since 1990 is hardly used but there are important development works being done at the moment.
South of the city of Augustow, a short canal leads to Jezioro Sajno (Sajno Lake).