Drava paddling route

Nature experience FOR connoisseurs

Paddle from Lienz to Lavamünd by boat, canoe, kayak or SUP. Embark on a trip with family, friends, colleagues or classmates. Experience the nature of the Drava as you have never seen it before. Because of the white water, the first stage from Lienz to Oberdrauburg is challenging and is for experienced paddlers only. In the Upper Drava Valley, the Drava flows at a comfortable 10 to 15 km/h and is thus suitable for beginners and entrants. The other stages are easily managed by boat, Canadian, kayak or SUP and can be combined with other activities. Together with hiking, cycling, swimming, fishing, sailing and many cultural, historical or action-packed trip destinations nearby, your boat trip becomes even more exciting and varied.

The regions on the Drava paddling route

Protect nature!

The Drava makes its way through a natural jewel in the landscape. For instance, the last free-flowing – i.e. not dammed – river sections are to be found in the Upper Drava Valley beside Austria’s largest speckled alder alluvial forest. Extinction-threatened fish species, rare birds and plants are at home along the entire Drava paddling route. Therefore, the ecologically sensitive habitats on the Drava must be respected and protected!

Rests should be taken only at the Drava bridges, where gentle bank areas and shallow sand banks make disembarking possible.

Information on the Upper Drava European conservation area

European conservation areas serve to protect endangered local plant and animal species living in the wild and their natural habitats on a cross-national basis. Sites of Community (European) importance are identified as special conservation areas by the member states of the EU. The Upper Drava between Oberdrauburg and Mauthbrücken was decreed as a European conservation area in 2011 by the state government within the meaning of the Habitats Directive and revitalised within the framework of LIFE projects.

The water body-specific habitats such as alluvial forests, water bodies in wetlands and river widenings with natural gravel bars and islands are a particular characteristic. These serve as breeding areas and spawning grounds as well as rest and food biotopes for water body-specific wildlife. Beavers, otters, schneiders, bullheads, Danube salmon, brook lampreys, river crayfish, common sandpipers, kingfishers, grey herons, crested newts, yellow-bellied toads and others are species in the area that require particular protection.

Behavioural rules

Paddlers can experience the excitement of the Drava particularly well. However, please remember that you are in an international conservation area that is a breeding and spawning ground of a large number of extremely rare animal species.

Particularly sensitive areas that are not to be entered or travelled in:

  • Gravel bars, gravel islands
  • Shallow bank areas, reedy areas and
  • backwaters

Therefore, behave in a manner that is particularly “adapted to nature”. To protect the wildlife, please use only the signposted boat landing places to embark and disembark and do not enter gravel bars away from these landing places.

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