Obra River

The Obra River

Obra Trzciel

The bridge over the River Obra in Trzciel (Tirschtiegel) in 1912.

The Obra is a river which flows through the provinces of Wielkopolskie and Lubuskie in the west of Poland. Over the course of the Obra’s 164 kilometres it passes through the towns and villages of Babimost, Kościan, Kargowa, Zbaszyn, Trzciel, Miedzyrzecz and Bledzew until meeting the larger River Warta in Skwierzyna. Along its route the Obra also flows through several picturesque lakes filled with fish. During the summer months the river is frequented by canoe and kayak enthusiasts and an established canoe trail exists.


A rowing boat on the River Obra near Zbąszyń (Bentschen). c.1912.

Interesting things about the Obra River:

- A wide variety of mammals inhabit the countryside along the banks of the Obra. These species include beaver, otter, deer, badgers, hare, and wild boar. Turtles and water snakes are commonly seen in the Obra itself.
- Some of the fish to be found in Obra include catfish, trout, grayling, perch, pike, powan, barbel, and catfish.
- Local legend tells of a giant catfish that dwells in one of the lakes close to the end of the river in Skwierzyna. Local fisherman speak of ducks being eaten and small dogs disappearing!

Obra river

People swimming in the River Obra in Miedzyrzecz (Meseritz) in the mid 1930s.

Related content on Polish Poland: Information on and images of the Warta river.

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