Lake Pape trail

The Nature trail around Lake Pape invites you to 32 km long hiking or mountain biking tour. Trail starts in Pape village, just after the channel bridge, where you can find information stands about the tourism infrastructure. On the way you will see various sightseeing places: the bird watching tower and a hide, rivers – Paurupe and Ligupe, beaver dams, wet meadows, wild horses, auroxen, Šķilu lime-trees, sacred-grove and Ezerskola sacred stone, Pape polder, black alder forest, spruce forest, pine forest, Ornithological station, Pape lighthouse.

You can also use the camping places on the shore of the lake and enjoy a beautiful landscape and nature!

The trail stretches around the entire Lake Pape. The lake itself is an overgrown lagoon-type lake with a saltwater vegetation. Very shallow, its average depth is just 0,5 m. A number of interest objects can be seen on the way: a bird watching tower, the bird ambush, the Paurupe River, the Līgupe River, beavers’ dwelling, flood-land meadows, holy grove and Ezerskola sacrificial stone, Pape polder meadows, black alder, pine and spruce forests, ornithological station and Pape lighthouse.

The trail does not have direct access to the shore of the lake. Yet, some parts can be easily accessed by having a small side-track or with a guide while visiting the wild horses and Taurus cattle pasture, where quite a surreal lake view opens up.

The actual distance with visiting all objects of interest is ~36 km. Therefore appropriate, comfy footwear is advised to endure the long distance. Some trail stretches on the north and south side are wet in spring and autumn. Depending on the season, there might be lots of mosquitos and gadflies, therefore proper clothing and insect repellents are suggested.

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