Rafting on the Bzura and the Utrata River is inextricably linked with the figure of Fryderyk Chopin. This is a one-of-a-kind canoe trail that leads through the historic park. While admiring the exotic trees and shrubs on both banks of the river, you can at the same time hear the music of the outstanding composer resounding in the park… 


The most beautiful part of the Bzura is between Sochaczew and the Vistula. The route is easy and safe for beginner canoeists and families with children. Shallow river, crowded in high season, where you can find plenty of berths. There are no hydrotechnical buildings and places to carry a canoe, but there is a nice beach and river bank in Sochaczew. But Bzura also has sections of a faster current. Behind Kozłów Szlachecki, when the water level is low, shallows appear and boulders stick out of the water. The remnants of the mill in Boryszewo (fast, current, depth, obstacles) are an obstacle. With more time, you can face a difficult but very interesting rafting down the Utrata River, which is a tributary of the Bzura River. The most interesting section is between Podkampinos and Żelazowa Wola. In this part of the river, the banks are high and overgrown, with numerous fallen trees. The highlight is reaching the park in Żelazowa Wola – the birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin.

About the River 

The Bzura is a left tributary of the Vistula with its springs in Łódź, in the Łagiewniki Forest. The river flows along the Środkowomazowiecka Lowland and the Warsaw Basin and along the western end of the Kampinos Forest to the estuary of the Vistula near Wyszogród (166km). At first it flows in a poorly defined valley among forested hills, then it flows into a wide valley. It is a lowland river with a gentle current, lazily meandering among meadows, narrowing under Sochaczew, and then overflowing on the Vistula meadows. There are rushes along the banks, the bottom is sandy, in the current there are sandbanks, and the right bank is a tree – lined escarpment. 

Where to start rafting

Plecewice – Kamion, 

Sochaczew – Kamion, 

Kozłów Szlachecki – Plecewice, 

Boryszew – Sochaczew, 

Kozłów Szlachecki – Sochaczew, 

Łowicz – Sochaczew (8h) 

Manor House in Żelazowa Wola, Birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin. Photo: The Fryderyk Chopin Institute


Żelazowa Wola- the classicist outbuilding of the former Skarbek Manor House – Chopin Manor, the birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin, now a museum, 

Brochów – a Gothic – Renaissance parish church, the place of the wedding of Fryderyk Chopin’s parents and the baptism of the composer. 

Czerwińsk on the Vistula – the complex of the Canons Regular Abbey with two – tower Romanesque basilica, 

Sochaczew – Museum of the Sochaczew Region and the Battlefield on the Bzura, Museum of the Narrow Gauge Railway

Gothic gate to the monastery complex in Czerwińsk

Rafting Organizers

Ekoturyzm – www.przystan.ekoturyzm.pl 

Łowickie Kajaki – www.lowickiekajaki.pl

Moto Przystań – www.motorprzystan.pl