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This is a completely new nature trail built in the end of 2018. The trail stretches along Lake Usma, which is the sixth largest lake in Latvia for its total area and the second – for its water storage capacity. The trail opens the view to the fabulous and famous Morics Island, also mentioned in Latvian songs. The island is part of the Moricsala Nature Reserve with a total area of 818 ha. It is the second oldest nature reserve in Europe, founded in 1912. In 1727, the Saxon Count named Morics, fleeing from the Russian troops, retreated to the island with his soldiers. However, seeing the predominance of the Russian troops, the Count decided to flee from the island under the guise of the night, and went to Ventspils, later becoming the famous French army marshal. Since then, the island has been called Moricsala, although it was originally called the Fish Island. The island has an invaluable natural value, as it is home to 1/5 of all Latvian plants and many valuable insect species.
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Suggested starting point: Open-air sanctuary
Starting poing of the trail in the map: Lat:57.20721,Lon: 22.15261
Hiking time: 15 min
Distance: 0,7 km
Marking: Not marked, but can easily follow the trail
Trail surface:Wooden boardwalk, path
(During rain and in winter the trail is slippery)
Getting there: by car, by bus
Rules to follow:
Trail administrator: Usma Parish Council, +371 29287631, firstname.lastname@example.org
Info: Ventspils Tourism Information Centre, 6 Dārzu Street (Ventspils Ferry Passenger Terminal, 1st Floor), +371 29232226, email@example.com, www.visitventspils.com
Closest shops: Spāre, Ugāle, Pope
Closest gas stations: Ugāle