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Hojsova Stráž

Source of the Úhlava River

The Úhlava River rises on the western slope of Pancíř Hill at an altitude of 1100 m. It flows towards northwest creating a deep Úhlava valley which separates Královský hvozd forest from Pancíř Mountain Ridge. A power station and a water reservoir were built on the River beyond Brčálník municipality below Černé jezero lake in the year 1930. At its upper reaches, the River has the face of a swift creek. It gradually grows larger, especially from the point of its confluence with the Zelenský, Cerný and Bílý brooks. A reservoir called Nýrsko was built below Zelená Lhota in the years 1964 – 1969 with a 36m tall and 320m long stone dam. It supplies Klatovy and Domažlice region with drinking water. The flooded area of the reservoir is141.59 ha. It has the clearest water of all the reservoirs in the Berounka River basin. Algae do not occur here, the water quality can be easily adapted to drinking water. Small water powerplants were installed onto each lower outlet in 1996.

The flow of the Úhlava River becomes slower before reaching Janovice nad Úhlavou, it grows wider, avoids Klatovy and leads to Přeštice, a town with a dominant pilgrimage Baroque church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary built by Dienzenhofer. On its way it passes Kokšín castle, a late-Gothic water castle Švihov and idyllic parts of a castle park in Lužany. The River has an alluvial character here. Its waters get deeper and quicker before reaching Plzeň. Rapids start to form and the river gains a mountain characteristic. This part of the flow with Čižické currents is the most popular with padllers. The left tributaries to the Úhlava River are Chodovská Úhlava and Poleňka, the right tributaries are Jelenka, Drnový brook and Točnický brook. The River empties itself into the Radbúza River after flowing 1 km in Plzeň at an altitude of 303 m. It is one of four sources of the Berounka River.

GPS position

N 49° 10.623', E 13° 14.941'



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