Luchesa is a river in the Liozno and Vitebsk regions, the left tributary of the river Zapadnaya Dvina. The length is 90 km. The water intake area is 3510 km2.
It flows from Lake Zelyanskoe near the village Babinovichi of the Liozno district, flows along the Luchyesky lowland and on the boundaries of the Vitebsk upland and the mouth borders on of the southern outskirts of Vitebsk.
The main tributaries: Charnitsa, Sukhodrovka (right), Ordyshevka, Serokorotnyanka, Obolyanka, Chernichenko (left).
The valley is trapezoidal, at the head is inexpressive. Its width is 400-600 m. The floodplain is intermittent, alternating along the banks, more developed on the left bank. Its width is 300-500 m. The canal is 20-30 m wide, in the lower reaches — up to 60 m. The highest level of high water in the lower reaches in early April. The average height above the low level is 6.2 m, the largest is 9.9 M (1956). It freezes at the end of the first decade of December. The icebreaker is at the end of March. Spring ice drift is about 3 days.
The route of the water trip along the Luchesa river:
R.Luches / v. Babinovichi — 1 km. To the village Luchyesa (behind the bridge of the main route) — Perevoz village — Selyuty village = 78 km
Transfer by car to the lake by 10.00 o’clock. A group of 4 people went to the marsh at 11.30. Due to a large number of blockages, we reached the parking lot at 11:15 pm (at night), where more than 4 people were waiting for them with «dinner». Flooded saw and ax on the last blockage in front of the bridge (about an hour of travel). It was not possible to find because of the pitch darkness.
The beginning of the route is at 10.00 o’clock. Minor debris is overcome with pleasure for the «newcomers». On the river there are fishing nets and «nets» in which stuck fish are visible. For the night we stop at about 7:30 pm on the left bank on a glade. The sound of the train is heard near the station Lychkovskaya. Heavy day in driving and that is why all fall asleep after dinner.
The morning begins with the collection of thyme for tea and jogging to the village to take water. The output is at 10.15a.m. At 14.15 pass the tributary of the river Sukhodrovka and stop for lunch behind the bridge on the right at the mouth of the stream (sandy shallows). 19.20p.m — the native beach in the village of Selyuty.
The next section to Vitebsk will please you with an abundance of rolling stock, the presence of wild ducks and the open-hearted people sunbathing on the countless sandy beaches of Vitebsk. You can stop after the car bridge on the right side for collecting and drying kayaks. Those who wish to get to the car and railway station are invited to go to the river Zapadnaya Dvina and sail up 2 km to the Kirovsky Bridge (on the left in the direction of traffic), where there is also a good place for assembling ships. It is 0,5 km to the station.
For recreation and for good fishing with spinning, for enjoying the coastal strip of the river with a rapid current and amazing vegetation to cross the river we need at least 5 days. The first couple of days with a real hack for moving forward with interest will pay off in the future.
In general, the trip was beautiful. A fish for an amateur and professional fisherman is enough in the river. It is possible to raise the level of the river during the spillway from the hydroelectric station (Dobromysli), which can affect the success of the caught fish lovers of underwater hunting.