AugustÃ³w, its canals, and the many lakes in the area are something Iâ€™ve wanted to see since arriving in Poland. I wasnâ€™t expecting to do it this weekend, but the route to Lithuania took us through the town so we stopped and took a look. My plan for AugustÃ³w is to return in the summer and go on a canoeing trip through the lakes and canals.
The AugustÃ³w Canal is an important monument to hydraulic construction and is an engineering masterpiece from the first half of the 19th century. It is in both Polish and Belarusian territories. The Polish section is about 80 kilometers long. It links the major lakes in the AugustÃ³w area and passes through some magnificent forest scenery. Navigation through the canal is controlled by 18 locks.
Good view of one of the locks from the early 1800s
The canal links the Vistula River and the Neman river via various lakes and tributaries such as the Biebrza River, a tributary of the Narew River, and theCzarna Hancza River. If original plans would have been completed, the canals would have made it possible to navegate from the Baltic to the Black Sea.
Along the highway there are some nice places to stop the car and see the lake and canal views. We stopped the car and wandered around one of these areas for about half an hour taking some pictures and enjoying the scenery. Given that it was late and kind of a gray day, my pictures aren't too great, but you can get an idea of what the area is like. I would have liked to stay longer but since it was starting to get darker, we decided to head on towards Vilnius.