Rivers of Polesia - Pripyat Basin

River Sluch

River Sluch

The river Sluch flows through a channel in the Ukrainian Shield of the East European Craton which created the surrounding landscape. The river banks are high, often steep and covered with bushes and mixed forests.


Ріка Случ

Abundant cliffs create picturesque rock formations on the banks, steep slopes and rock precipices.

Occasionally rocky shoals, gentle rapids and riffles are encountered. The river’s current is quite fast, especially in the shallows.

Navigation is complicated by numerous manmade dams and dilapidated bridges which form rapids of varying grades of difficulty. Catamarans must be portaged around the functioning dams along the river.

Sluch River Attractions

There are many old bridges, mills, churches and other interesting structures along the Sluch. Among the most interesting are two old castles and a fortress built by Bohdan Khmel’nyts’kyy which were partially destroyed by the Bolsheviks. The Sluch served as the border between Western and Eastern Ukraine until 1939. The right bank has many fortifications; machine gun stations are of particular interest.

Near the village of Hul’s’k there is a hill with underground passageways which are connected by vertical shafts topped with machine gun stations. This position once protected the nearby strategic railroad bridge. The old town of Novohrad-Volyns’kyi, birthplace of famous Ukrainian poetess Lesya Ukrayinka, is situated about half way through this route. Downstream from the village of Sosnove the river enters the Ukrainian Polesia and becomes calmer.


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After the confirmation, we'll ask you to pay a deposit – 50% of the price. The rest could be paid upon the arrival.

We could offer you to stay a few days after the tour in Lviv. Here you can find information about the hotels and city tours.