River Biela Orava (White Orava) - Slovakia
The river sources in north-west part of Oravska Magura Mountain Range.
|Basic information about river|
The river sources in north-west part of Oravska Magura. At first, it flows in north direction, near to the community of Oravská Lesná the river flows to the east and this direction is kept up to its mouth into Orava-Dam, near to the town of Námestovo. River-basin surface makes 470 square kilometres, the length of passable flow makes 25,4 kms.
The river flows in its upper section through wide but very nice valley with views to Oravská Magura and Liptovské hole. The river basin is 5-6 metres wide, the banks are covered with grove (this fact makes the navigation rather difficult). Fallen trees cause practically the only obstacle in navigation, except one non-passable weir in upper part of the flow. Some thresholds occure from time to time, anyway they create small rapids only. In its lower flow, after tributary of small river of Klinianka, Biela Orava has relatively wide river-bed with speed flowing water and periodic rapids. The navigation is not difficult, we can recommend it even to watermen-beginners. It is passable also with open vessels. Open camping place is to be found at south bank of Orava-Dam, just opposite the island.
However, water-register along the river is missing. The river is passable, at high water-level, from Oravská Lesná, at middle high water level from a bridge, after Klinianka mouth. Nevertheless, sufficient water level is available at spring snow thaw or after heavy rains.
It is available in the community of Východná.
It is available in places: Oravská Lesná, Zákamenné, Námestovo, Oravská Jasenica.
It is available in Námestovo.
Places of interest:
- Námestovo - part of the town is inundated with Orava-dam. In past, there was effected great development of industrial factories as well as dwelling houses. Here, a port of navy traffic is available. Originally Renaissance church and linen-draper houses in Neo-classic style. The houses are built in brick and also made from wood.
- Orava Dam Basin - belongs to greatest artificial water surfaces in Central Europe (35 square kilometres). There are many relax resorts with beaches. Slanice Island of Art with exposition of people art in former church and Birds´Island (both are declared as nature reservations).