Włocławek Barrage and related projects


Wloclawek Barrage was designed by Hydroprojekt and constructed between 1962 – 1970, as the first barrage of the planned Lower Vistula Cascade. For almost 50 years the Wloclawek Barrage has been operating as a single damming structure, without necessary hydraulic support. Working conditions of the facility differ significantly from those assumed in the design. This causes intense, still increasing erosion downstream the barrage.


  • earth dam 20 m high and 670 m long
  • a 10-span reinforced-concrete weir 200 m wide (excluding pillars) and flow capacity of 11.150 m3/s, equipped in shell structure vertical lift gates (in the years 2004 – 2006, in two spans the flap gates were installed)
  • hydropower plant of installed power capacity of 162 MW and average annual power generation of 789 GWh
  • navigation lock with chamber dimensions of 115 x 12 m and the designed water head of 12,8 m
  • fish passage consisting of 30 concrete chambers in the dividing pillar and 3 rest-chambers with lure-water pipeline


Hydroprojekt is the author of numerous design works related to the technical problems of the Wloclawek Barrage:

2009 – 2012 Construction and executive designs of reconstruction and renovation of Włocławek barrage: front dam, control and measurement system, weir, sluice with avanports, fish passage”

2011 Feasibility Study for the Project” Ecological Safety of the Wloclawek Barrage: Modernization of the Barrage in Wloclawek and Improvement of the Wloclawek Reservoir Flood Protection”

2009 – 2011 “Preliminary and Detailed Designs of the Reconstruction of the Side Dams of the Wloclawek Reservoir, as well as Macro-leveling of the Reservoir’s Bowl”

2010 Technical Documentation for the Task: ”Reconstruction of the Side Dam in New Duninow village” (left-bank dam of the Wloclawek Reservoir)

2009 – 2012 Construction and detailed designs of the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the structures of the Wloclawek Barrage

2007 – 2008 Preparatory Documentation for the Task: ”Ecological Safety of the Wloclawek Barrage”:

  • Phase I – Update of the conceptual design and the analysis and assessment of the variants with indicating the optimal solution
  • Phase II – Report on environmental impact assessment for different variants

2002 – 2004 Conceptual design with mutli-variant feasibility study for the proposed investment: “Construction of the Barrage in Nieszawa-Ciechocinek (supporting barrage)”

1998 – 1999 Multi-variant pre-feasibility study of the Lower Vistula development

1997 – 2000 Conceptual design of the Vistula River Valley Development and Vistula River Trainng on the section from km 295.2 to 684.0 of the river

Project on map


Włocławek Barrage and related projects


The State Water Holding Polish Waters - Regional Water Management Authority in Warsaw


Włocławek, Poland

Time frame

1958 - 2012