Sázava and raft don't go together
In the last few years I used to descend some czech river with my friends during the summer. So far it has always been Vltava, for three times, and we were always satisfied with the trip. However, this year, we decided for a change and chose Sázava as the second most visited czech river. Unfortunately as it turned out later it was not the best choice. Especially because of the fact that we chose raft as our boat, because you don't have to care so much about the equilibrium of the boat and tremble that you will take bath at the next barrage and it's also more comfortable. But the necessary condition is that the river flows, at least a little, otherwise the trip on the raft becomes a bodybuilding excercise. And yes, I think it is clear now, that this is exactly the problem of Sázava. Unfortunately it is not the only one.
As the starting point we chose Český Šternberk. However, due to little problems with the organization of the trip, we did not know that thare is no camp in the city until arriving at the place at 11 p.m. To build a tent on one of the meadows surrounding the city or river was not allowed to us by the reluctant local people even when we offered some money to them. Terrible. So we slept on benches behind the small local cinema (see photos). The following morning we put out to the river. The first day we managed to get to Chocerady and from there to Týnec nad Sázavou on the next day. This section can be characterized using only two words, boredom and toil. Sázava is in this 55 km long section absolutely motionless, so you can not choose but to paddle and paddle. Besides that, the surrounding countryside is rather boring as well. Also this section is probably not visited by watermans very often because the infrastructure on the shore is very insufficient.
The final section from Týnec nad Sázavou to Pikovice is little bit different though. The river speed is here and there quite good, the countryside is very nice, there are lots of rapids and also snack-bars. Unfortunately, neither here can you enjoy a nice ride, because the water is too shallow, so you are stuck on a stone every 10 meters. But with a canoe this may be a very good place.
Overall I have to say that there is a huge difference between Vltava and Sázava and that we were disappointed. If you plan a trip for more than 2 days then I can not recommend choosing Sázava. The section from Týnec is not bad, but it is only 17 km, which is not enough. The rest is not worth mentioning. Next year we plan to descend the slovakian river Hron, so we will see what surprise is waiting for us there.
Here are some photos from the trip:
And 2 maps, I have put together for us. They may come in handy: