The dunes in the coast east of Ustka are higher than those west.
Behind them there are lakes with shallow outlets to the sea. Behind
the lakes there are wooded hills visible from the sea. The high wooded
coast about 1 Nm WSW of Rowy is a good landmark. Rowy leading lights,
in line bearing 141° lead into the harbour and are exhibited on two
white triangles, pointed up and down on concrete columns.
Quayage and berthing facilities
Rowy fishing harbour lies at the mouth of Lupawa River. The entrance
to the river is 12m width, narrowing to between 6 and 7m. On each
bank of the river there is wharfage 200m in length for fishing boats
mooring. There is a depth of about 2m along the fishing quays.
Cold storage capacity
Chilling storage capacity
Frozen fish transport
Types and size of fishing fleet
13 fishing boats (length of 10 to 12.5m) and average engine power of 45.7 HP
Types of fish landed (in tonnes) (1995)
Slupsk, approx. 32km
Rowy, a small fishing harbour at the mouth of Lupawa River. It is also
a holiday resort connected by road with Slupsk. The population of Rowy
is about 2,000. The river connects Lake Gardno (area of 2,500 ha and
depths up to 2.6m) with the Baltic Sea and is navigable only by small
The entrance to the harbour is liable to considerable variation
depending on the wind direction. Strong winds cause silting and
shoaling off the entrance. An increase in the strength of the river
current may be expected. Local knowledge is essential.
The first written record about Rowy (known this time as Rou) comes
from 1282. In 1390 Henry Derby paid a visit to Rowy known later as
Henry IV King of England. In 1784 there lived 26 families who carried
on the fishing tradition.
The distance is convenient to the fishing grounds. The local fishing
ground, called Rowska Bank, lies about 0.75 Nm from the mouth of
Lupawa River. The bank is a rock and gravel patch with a depth of
4m over it. RO Buoy, which is withdrawn in winter, is moored in
1 cable north of the bank. In stormy weather, or with strong currents,
this sandy patch may become dangerous due to rough water.
Fishing with nets and lines takes place on Rowska Bank throughout the
year except in the winter. Nets are marked by flags and at night by
buoys with white lights.