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Great Masurian Canal | Poland: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 50 km
Number of locks: 10
Lock dimensions: 45.00 x 7.50
Max. depth: 2.50
Max. headroom: 4.00
Degree of difficulty: no rating
Requirements: no rating
Character of waterway: no rating
Profile of waterway: Not navigable anymore
Facilities groundside: Hardly existent

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Masurien Lakeland | River Pisa | Poland

This canal was open to traffic in 1776 first and went over 50 km from Rez. Mazurski (Mauersee) to Druschba (Allenburg) where it flew into the River Lawa (Alle). Over this, the waterway continued to Rivel Pregol (Pregel) to Königsberg and into the Baltic Sea.


In 1911 Bohemiens started to develop the canal. With the beginning of the First World War, three years later, everything stopped. In 1934 only, Germans started work on the canal again since the connection to Königsberg became strategically more and more important. After all the Wolfsschanze, headquarter of Hitler was in this area. When the Russians invaded in 1945, canal and locks had nearly been terminated. At its fallback, the Wehrmacht destroyed all the bridges and then the Russians removed the highly modern hydraulic constructions. This meant that this, in every respect, modern canal was never terminated.