River Úhlava - Czech republic

spring (source):
The river sourses in Bohemian Forest. It flows to the north and it mouths in Pilsen to Radbuza river.
flow length:
108 km

Basic information about river

river sections






Water stages

River description:

The river Úhlava flows to the north and in Pilsen it mouth to Radbuza. Its river basin makes 919 km².  In its upper section – above Nýrsko dam/basin – the river has a torrential character. It flows through narrow afforested valley with  great slope. When there is enough water, so some navigable section could be found. After the dam the river flows through nice valley, where the forests on banks are rare and the river is edged by meadows and fields. The river bed is becoming wider (4-6 m) and the river receives a character of small river. Some weirs are – after investigation in advance – passable. As to tributaries – you can descend Chodská Úhlava and Drnový potok (brook). Úhlava river is – in its upper section – navigable only  provided a water is let out from the dam. It happens, with the exception of dry summer, quite often, if it is a minimal passage. The river has more water in spring or after heavy rains. You can estimate it according to water index in Štěnovice, the water level of 50 cm could be sufficient (for navigation from the town of Přeštice) and 60 cm for its upper section. Navigation is possible at water index of 40 cm from Nýrsko. On the section from Nýrsko-Dam up to Bystřice it it taken place (by Pilsen watermen) very popular watermen event – each year at the beginning of September. The sufficient water- passage  is secured, this can be used for the further navigation. However, you can take into consideration, that the water streams slower as it makes the boat.



There are not many places for camping along the river. We find a suitable camping near to Nýrsko only. As to accommodattion: it is better, especially in towns along the river.

Food supply:

It is available in Nýrsko, Bystřice nad Úhlavou, Janovice nad Úhlavou, Švihov, Přeštice, Štěnovice and Pilsen.

First aid:

It is available in health centres in Nýrsko, Janovice nad Úhlavou, Klatovy, Švihov, Štěnovice and Pilsen.

Places of interest:

Janovice nad Úhlavou: rests of water stronghold.

Klatovy: see Drnový potok.

Dolany: rests of Renaissance stronghold of 16th century, carpentered people´s houses.

Kokšín: rests of a small castle over the river, preventing water fortification of Švihov castle.

Švihov: water castle of 15th century, Baroque parsonage, Neo-Gothic town hall with a battlement, Romanesque church of 13th century, arranged in Baroque style.

Lužany: Renaissance castle of 16th century.

Přeštice: Baroque church of 18th century, Baroque statues and a fountain.

Dolní Lukavice: Baroque castle with a park of 18th century and a museum.

Štěnovice: rests of a stronghold of 14th century, Baroque castle of 18th century and former monastery.

Pilsen: see Berounka.


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