Wigry National Park, Suwalki

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Wigry National Park (Polish: Wigierski Park Narodowy) is a National Park in Podlaskie Voivodeship in north-eastern Poland. It covers parts of the Masurian Lake District and Augustów Primeval Forest (Puszcza Augustowska). It is named after lake Wigry, the largest of the Park's many lakes. It is also classed as a Ramsar wetland site, one of 13 such sites in Poland.

The Park was created on January 1, 1989, on an area of 149.56 km2. Today it is slightly larger at 150.86 km2 (58.25 sq mi), of which 94.64 km2 is forest, 29.08 km2 is waters and 27.14 km2 other types of land, mostly agricultural. Strictly protected zones account for 6.23 km2, including 2.83 km2 of woods. The Park has its headquarters in the town of Suwałki.

The Park’s landscape was to a large extent shaped by a glacier which covered this region around 12,000 years ago. The glacier, while slowly receding to the North, formed valleys, many of which are filled with water in the form of lakes. Some of the shallowest lakes have in the course of time become peat-bogs. Northern part of the park is hilly, with elevation reaching 180 meters above sea level. Southern part, on the other hand, is flat and is mainly covered with a forest, which is part of the broader Puszcza Augustowska.

The Park is famous for its numerous lakes, which are of different shape, size and depth. Altogether, there are 42 of them, the biggest, Wigry, covering the area of 21.87 km2 with maximum depth of 73 meters, is located in central part of the Park. Main river is the Czarna Hańcza, which crosses the Wigry lake. This river is an appreciated and popular kayaking trail.
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  • Well I know the place very good as my hometown is not far away. It's a beautiful place to walk or ride on bike, you can also use kayak, boat or paddle swim bike. I love the place because it's quiet...  more »
  • Great woods with nice educational paths. Very fit for children, we've managed to get everywhere with a trolley.  more »
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  • Park is perhaps nice. But... Traveling from Estonia we stopped by at information center to find out what is there to see. First thing that greeted us was a ramp and paid parking sign. At information center. So we should pay for 10 mins in info center? Stupid. In Estonia, every information center had a lot of info, toilets, benches, water, ..., and of course free parking in front of it. What a difference.
  • Fresh air, superB cycling routes, a place where you can take a breath and spend a day outside of the city. Wasnt crowded at all when I visited Suwalszczyzna. I will definitely visit it again
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