Guide for the river Cetina

THE GUIDE FOR THE RIVER CETINA

The water flow in the canyon of the river Cetina during different seasons (the path underneath Čikota Lađa)
-  from June to October the water flow is 7-8 m3/s
- from October to June the water flow is 12 - 20 m3/s,, besides the rainy seasons or the periods when the snow melts when the water flow increases up to 30 m3/s. The occasional floods are possible and they amount to 600 m3/s.
- The water level is regulated by the barrels therefore it depends on the electric power requirement

STAGES DESCRIPTION

1)Čikota Lađa - Blato na Cetini

Distance length - 6500 m
Altitude difference - 28 m

Summer time
It is possible to descend with a kayaks and canoes. During the summer time this section of the river is class I-II difficulty. The rapids are not continuous or difficult in order to perform the voyage. Danger to the swimmer is small and self - rescue is simple.

Winter time
Besides kayaks and canoes, descending in rafts up to 8 people is possible. The rapids during the winter time can be classified as class II difficulty. Swimmers are rarely injured and they seldom need assistance during a rescue operation.

CLASS I-II

 

 

CLASS III

 

 

 

2) Blato na Cetini - dam Kraljevac (Zadvarje)

Distance length - 6700 m
Altitude difference - 34 m

Summer time
Descending is possible with a rafts and canoes but a guide is mandatory. During the summer period that part of the river is classified as class II - III difficulty . From time to time it is necessary to inspect the territory (hidden rapids and sudden falls). Because of shallow rapids and undercut obstacles , swimmers must be very careful. Serious injuries are very rare, and the group assistance may be needed during a rescue operation.

 

 

 

Winter time
Descending is possible with the assistance of an obligatory guide. During the usual winter time water flow, that part of the river can be classified as class III - IV difficulty whereas during the torrent times, the same path becomes of the IV -V class of difficulty since the latter- mentioned conditions make impossible the potential emergency evacuation to the shore (steep canyon cliffs of 40 - 80 meters high).Thorough observation is compulsory at this technically difficult part of the river because of its unapproachable tracks. The self rescue could be very difficult and the assistance groups are often needed.

 

 

 

3) Kraljevac dam (Zadvarje) - power station Kraljevac

Distance length - 1600 m
Altitude difference - 110 m

Almost all year long the tourist or extreme canyoning is possible because the water level is regulated by the dam Kraljevac. But the kayaks cannot pass through because of the low water level, land configuration, and the water fall Gubavica (a cascade 35 + 15 meters). Strong water flow is very rare and water- level information can be obtained by government electricity industries.

This part of the river is rated as class V during the high water level.

 

 

 

4) Power station Kraljevac - water falls Studenci and Oblačnik rapids (Kostanje)

Distance length - 7300 m
Altitude difference - 23 m

Along the entire year it is possible to descend in a boat up to 8 people. In summer time that part of the river is class I difficulty whereas it becomes of the class I - II difficulty in winter time. The level of possible risks for swimmers is not high whatsoever and the self- rescue is easy. During the winter time the greatest danger are the water deposits and drifting wood.

 

Summer time

 

 

Winter time

 

 

 

5) Water - falls Studenci and Oblačnik rapids - Radmanove Mlinice (6 kilometres up the river from Omiš)

Distance length - 5300 m
Altitude difference - 25 m

Summer time
During the summer time Oblačnik rapids (class III) are not accessible to the vessels with the capacity of more than 3 people. In addition, because of undercut rocks the passage is very dangerous (in these rapids seven accidental deaths occurred) and we strongly recommend to avoid this area. The remaining route is classified as class II-III difficulty. The occasional surveillance is necessary (narrow canals, unnoticeable rapids and sudden falls). Because of shallow rapids and undermined rocks, swimmers must be extremely careful.

 

 

 

Winter time
Oblačnik rapids (class III -V) during the winter time are technically very demanding. Even larger rafts could pass through them but the possible swimmers are endangered by undercut rocks . Because of its danger we recommend to avoid these river paths. The remaining part of this route is class II-III difficulty. Swimmers must be cautious and observation is needed. injuries to swimmers are rare, but the group assistance may be needed.

 

 

 


Distance notes:

 

All described distances are in the karst area. Therefore in many places , along with the obstacles in the water, we can come across to sudden falls, hidden holes in the river bank, undercut rocks, caves et. Therefore, we strongly recommend the assistance of a guide who is familiar with the river (GUIDES OF DALMATIA RAFTING) and who can distinguish the inaccessible paths. Extra caution must be taken when walking or swimming in the river.