established in 1989


Wigry National Park, Krzywe 82, 16-402 Suwałki, Poland
tel.:(+48) 87 563 25 40, e-mail:

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Wigry National Park

 History of the Park
 Aims and protection forms
 Protection of forests
 Protection of waters
 Flora protection
 Fauna protection
 Landscape protection



 Aquatic insects
 Terrestrial insects
 Protected fauna
 Protected flora



 Tourist map
 Wandering around
 the Wigry National Park
 Educational trail



 National parks in Poland




Endangered species
and habitats protection
of the Natura 2000
"Ostoja Wigierska"
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Wigry National Park is located in the north-east part of Poland, in Podlaskie Voivodeship. Its northern part lies within the East Suwalki Lakeland, while the southern part within the Augustow Plain. The Park was established in 1989 over the area of 14,956 ha. Currently, its area is 15,086 ha and includes 9,464 ha of forests, 2,908 ha of waters, and 2,714 ha of other, mostly agricultural land (2,229 ha). 623 ha which consists of 120 ha of forests are strictly protected. Agriculturally managed areas are encompassed by landscape protection.


The landscape was shaped during the Baltic Glaciation period, when for a long period of time, the glacier covered the north part of what is now the Wigry National Park. The southern part was a place of accumulation of materials coming from the ice-front. The northern part of the Park is rolling, with large basal moraines and single hills of the frontal moraine, some of which are elevated above the level of the terrain by even 35 m. The base of this part of the Park is built of clays, gravels and sands with stones of various mineral composition. The southern part is more flat and covered by a thick layer of sandy outwash.


Numerous lakes and small water basins are remnants of the glaciation periods. They have various shapes, areas and depth. The Park is a site of 42 lakes, the largest being Wigry Lake of 2,187 ha of area and up to 73 m in depth. It occupies the central part of the Park. Lakes represent different limnological types and vary in terms of productivity, thermal stratification, and concentration of humus compounds. Particularly interesting are small dystrophic lakes situated within the forests, surrounded by peatmoss communities, called "suchary". The main river of the Park is the Czarna Hancza, which is also a well known canoeing route.


Wigry National Park is an area of international importance for nature conservation, as Ramsar Convention site, and Natura 2000 European network area.





15th anniversary

 Goals and motives
 for protection
 and their surroundings
 Vascular plants
 Research and monitoring
 Protection of landscape
 Cultural heritage
 "Culture and Art"
 Talks in the WNP


Various articles

 Lake Wigry
 adopted by SIL

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