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Just you and the River [GR33 - GRZ: Canoeing]

Canoeing · Portugal
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  • River Zêzere
    / River Zêzere
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  • / River Zêzere
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  • / River Zêzere
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  • / River Zêzere
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  • / Access ramp
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  • / Canoeing at Bouça reservoir
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  • / Bouçã Dam
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Spanning 8.4 km, this route takes visitors through a section deeply immersed in nature, far from any human contact.
8.5 km
1:44 h
12 m
15 m
Spanning 8.4 km, this route takes visitors through a section deeply immersed in nature, far from any human contact. In complete communion with the surrounding environment. Enjoy the green landscape and the sounds and aromas of nature. Despite being located in Cork Oak (Quercus suber) territory, species such as the eucalyptus and cluster pine can also be found here, as well autochthonous species, such as laurel, alder and elder trees, which grow by the river banks. 

Author’s recommendation

View the landscape surrounding the Bouçã Dam. 

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Rita Machado - A2Z
Updated: August 18, 2020

Highest point
194 m
Lowest point
180 m

Safety information

Classification / Navigability of the river

 

Level 1

a) Calm waters with slight current, maximum velocity of 4 km/hour, without navigation difficulties.

b) Water currents with velocities ranging from 4 km/hour to 10 km/hour and without any obstacles.

c) When the current is more than 10 km/hour, there may be some difficulties which require the attention of canoeists. The use of lifejackets is advised.

 

Level 2

Some difficulties, with currents, small dams and easy rapids. The use of lifejackets and protective helmets is advised.

 

Level 3

Difficult navigation Strong currents and fast rapids that require mastery of the vessel. The use of an appropriate vessel is advised. The use of lifejackets and protective helmets is mandatory.

 

Level 4

Very difficult but without any danger to well-trained canoeists. The use of lifejackets and protective helmets is mandatory.

 

Level 5

Extremely difficult and dangerous navigation. Only for fully trained and prepared canoeists. The use of lifejackets and protective helmets is mandatory.

 

Level 6

Impassable. Impracticable. Cannot be navigated. 

Tips, hints and links

The Bouçã dam is located in Graça Parish in Pedrógão Grande Municipality. It was built on the River Zêzere, near the small town of Bouçã, downstream from Cabril Dam and upstream from Castelo de Bode dam. The construction was completed in 1955. In times of flooding when the Cabril dam spillways open, the Bouçã dam has a feature that differentiates it from all other dams: the discharge water is carried over the wall, giving a cascade of water 63 metres high, creating a unique and indescribable scene. Although the dam is mainly used for producing electricity, the lagoon is now being sought out for a variety of sports and environmental activities, such as fishing, canoeing, hiking and mountain biking. On the more exposed slopes, the vegetation is marked by the presence of rock rose, broom and furze and gorse. 

Start

"Início do Troço – Estação Intermodal do Moinho das Freiras Latitude – 39° 53' 40"" N; Longitude – 8° 08' 21"" O" (194 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.894630, -8.139311
DMS
39°53'40.7"N 8°08'21.5"W
UTM
29S 573581 4416416
w3w 
///skydiver.amended.longingly

Destination

"Fim do Troço – Estação Intermodal da Bouçã Latitude – 39° 51' 45"" N; Longitude – 8° 12' 03"" O"

Turn-by-turn directions

- This section is entirely along calm waters.

 

- Due to the Bouçã Dam, you will have to make the trip from the Bouçã Intermodal Station to the Intermodal Station at Foz de Alge (Figueiró dos Vinhos) by land, over a distance of approximately 20 km by road (about 30 minutes by car).

 

- Attention: there is no drinking water and no supply points. Between the locality of Pedrógão Pequeno and Bouçã, the route does not pass through any inhabited areas, infrastructure with drinking water or places where supplies can be bought. 

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Coordinates

DD
39.894630, -8.139311
DMS
39°53'40.7"N 8°08'21.5"W
UTM
29S 573581 4416416
w3w 
///skydiver.amended.longingly
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Distance
8.5 km
Duration
1:44h
Ascent
12 m
Descent
15 m

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