Elkraga Trail is a 0.6 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Usma, Courland, Latvia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
0.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
14 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

partially paved

snow

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 it’s total area and the second – for it’s 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 redominance 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. Trail is accessible to people in wheelchairs.