Sailing is one of the basic factors in Pomeranian Voivodeship development, due to the closeness of the sea, numerous lakes and the developed river chain. The voivodeship capital Gdańsk owes its years of splendour to the access to the sea and to The Vistula flowing into The Baltic Sea. Today, Gdańsk accepts docking yachts and sailing boats of tourists in a modern marina.
Most canoeing lovers share the opinion that the Pomeranian Voivodeship is the best location for canoe tourism in our country. There is no other place so attractive and with such long routes in Poland. There are over 2 300 km of water routes located in the Voivodeship, on over 30 rivers. The most attractive routes are the Słupia, the Radunia and the Radunia Circle, the Wda, the Brda, the Szkarpawa and the Wierzyca.
The Żuławska Loop, is a water course of tourist and natural attractions, connecting the waters of the Vistula, the Martwa Wisła, the Szkarpawa, the Wisła Królewiecka, the Nogat, the Wisła Śmiała, the Święta, the Tuga, the Motława, the Jagielloński Canal, the Elbląg and the Pasłęka and also the waters of the Vistula Lagoon. This unforgettable adventure stretches over 303 km, which can be made in a canoe, a yacht, a motor boat or a pleasure craft.
Tourists can actively and extremely visit the underwater Pomerania. Professional diving in aqua-lungs or freely with a mask and tube – the choice is yours! Secret lakes and the depths of the Bay of Puck and Gdańsk invite underwater explorers, willing to watch the life in under water depths, as well as the history lovers, who will be tempted by the World War II wrecks lying on the floor of the Baltic Sea.
Pomeranian Water Parks are places where all enthusiasts of the water craze, regardless of their age, will find what they are looking for. Competition pools, special lanes for swimming lessons, recreational pools, wading pools for children, slides, hydromassages and water jets, geysers, hot tubs, and artificial rivers – these are but a handful of fun-spots available in regional swimming centres.
To call the Pomeranian Voivodeship an angler’s paradise would not be an overstatement at all. It is made so by the plenitude of water bodies, and the resulting unprecedented variety of fish species which are not to be found in central and southern Poland. All sorts of piscators are indeed spoilt for choice – there are trophies awaiting float fishers, spin anglers, feeder fishers, and fly fishers, those who prefer night fishing and those who like to chase salmon in the morning, those who fish with rods, delicate reels, and ice rods, enthusiasts of boat fishing at sea, and those who opt for trolling, as well as sea-spin anglers and surf fishers. Before you start, make sure you know who manages the fishing ground, what fees are payable, and which fishing methods are allowed. The lakes of Kashubia and Kociewie feature both coarse fish (roach, rudd, bream, crucian carp, bleak, carp, grass carp, and silver bream) and typical predators (pike, pikeperch, perch, catfish). Żuławy also boasts excellent fishing grounds. The Vistula’s canals and delta let you freely angle from the bank, a boat, a sailing boat, or a motorboat. Besides the mentioned species, the rivers of the mouth of the Vistula and the big river itself are also replete with chub, ide, asp, vimba, common whitefish, and also bull trout and salmon migrating upstream. Many of Pomerania’s watercourses resemble mountain rivers, featuring magnificent specimens of brown trout, rainbow trout, and grayling. A peculiar attraction that draws crowds of Salmonidae tamers here is fishing for bull trout, salmon, and the extremely belligerent rainbow trout which come to Pomeranian rivers in the spawning season. It is a true rarity and pleasure to catch a lake trout from Lake Wdzydze, but it must be returned to the water. Splendid, though until recently underestimated, fishing grounds are found in the Baltic and Gdańsk Bay. Boat trips for cod are naturally the most popular, holding an occasional surprise catch of a large salmon. You can have great results during fishing from the banks – from harbour exits and seawalls you can catch flatfish, herring, and eel. In the summer you can catch some freshwater fish, which follows from the low salinity of the seaside area of the Baltic. In the autumn you will have a lot of excitement fighting with cod, large flounder, and even turbot on your surf rod. Pomeranian beaches make up a perfect training ground for sea-spin anglers. In neoprene waders or on board a small boat you can try your luck catching brown trout and garfish, which periodically appear in the local waters. The Pomeranian range of angling attractions is supplemented by outstanding special fishing grounds. Ponds, lakes, and certain sections of rivers are inhabited by medal-winning specimens of carp, grass carp, pike, trout, catfish, salmon, and bull trout. Going fishing? Only in Pomerania – and all the year round!