Leipzig is situated among a floodplain landscape of European importance (Natura 2000). On a national level, the area is also a landscape conservation area, with parts of it being a nature conservation area.

Certain sections of the waterways require special protection because the flora and fauna are particularly vulnerable. Certain rules of usage apply to these areas. Please respect nature. Do not navigate signposted or blocked-off backwaters, and when landing use only the places provided specifically for this purpose, which are marked as such. Canoeists are allowed to navigate the unique natural sections of the White Elster, provided they comply with certain basic rules and the special protection periods. The regulations prohibiting navigation through the nature conservation areas are designed to protect nature and the landscape. Compliance with these is in everyone’s interests and is an obligation that anyone who loves nature would happily fulfil.

Permits for the White Elster are available from:
Saxony-Anhalt district administrative office, nature conservation and landscape preservation department (Head of department: Dr. Thalmann,
Dessauer Str. 70, 06118 Halle/Saale, Tel.: +49 (0)345/514-2600
Email: uwe.thalmann@lvwa.sachsen-anhalt.de

Note: In accordance with the ordinance on protected areas, canoe trips should be notified to the department three working days in advance.

SectionNavigationNo navigation during the special protection periodNotes
Route 1a
Knauthain to
Grosszschocher weir
Navigation is permitted15 February - 15 May 
Route 3
Wahren weir to mouth of the LuppeNavigation only as part of an organised group1 January – 31 Julye.g. as part of a club or association, or in groups organised by an operator of guided canoe tours
Döllnitz weir to RöpzigNavigation with special permit onlyMay, June and SeptemberSpecial permit available from:
Waterway/sports warden:
Harald Zeiler
Wilhelm-Schrader-Str. 9a, 06120 Halle
Tel.: +49 (0)345 / 770 31 85
Mob.: +49 (0)172 / 365 1623
Email: zeiler-kunststoffe@gmx.de

The regulations preventing navigation of the nature conservation areas during particular seasons and requiring you to cease travelling in low-water conditions are voluntary agreements intended to protect nature and the landscape.

The effectiveness of all regulations is being reviewed as part of a monitoring programme accompanying the development of water tourism in the protected areas. If the boundary conditions change, this may lead to changes to these regulations. The voluntary agreements in place to date could be replaced with anything from formal agreements (signing of a book of rules by teams and associations, commercial operators, regional corporations) to legislation tied into the Nature Conservation or Water Acts.