Discovering the river landscape by canoe – development of bivouac sites
Elbe-Brandenburg River Landscape Biosphere Reserve
Region & country
Cycling along the Elbe cycle path or exploring the great river by canoe are attractive activities in the region. Bivouac sites are designated in the biosphere reserve for canoe hikers.
Bivouac site with camp fire
© Anne Keller
Background of the project
The idea to establish bivouac sites was advertised as an internship topic. A student of landscape planning worked on the topic and developed the concept.
In this context, the bivouac site in Rühstädt was created as a model project. Other possible sites have been identified.
The place in Rühstädt has long been popular not only with canoe hikers. The groyne is located on the Elbe Cycle Path and has a direct connection to the road network between Rühstädt and Gnevsdorf. In 2018, the existing weather hut was renovated and a new seating area was built.
– Need for bivouac sites for camping in nature.
– Need for fireplace
– need of bivouac sites for camping in nature
– need of fire place
Solution and actions taken
Around the hut camping for one night and making fire is tolerated. However, it is important that the forest fire warning level is nevertheless respected and that one’s own garbage is removed and disposed of in the available trash cans. The garbage can will be emptied by the municipality. The rest area is located in a nature reserve, which means that wildlife must not be disturbed and plants must not be damaged or torn down.
The place is regularly checked by our rangers, who address guests who do not follow the rules. Problems arise with caravans outside the paths and anglers who feel disturbed.
– Special permit for camping and making fire in the nature reserve
– Restoration of the hut
– Application of the bivouac site
Other institutions or parties involved
Lower nature conservation authority, tourism association, canoe clubs
The place is often used by canoe hikers, cyclists and other tourists. Locals also use the site to camp. Additional bivouac sites are to be established, and discussions are already underway.
Rubbish and missing toilet (although the permission for a compost toilet exists)
It is important in protected areas to direct visitors so that sensitive areas are protected. Public relations is an important aspect here.
Related case studies
Moving within the periurban park of the Arche de la Nature
L’Arche de la Nature is a 500 ha periurban park nearby the city of Le Mans, crossed by 2 roads and with 6 parking lots around its edges. Traffic inside…