In the years 1955-60 a barrage was built in Łączany. Its construction was conceived to facilitate water supply to the large power plant which was then being built in Skawinie. A channel, 15.7 km long, was built in parallel to the Vistula. It is also a part of the system of facilities which make sailing possible. A small power plant of a 2.4 KW capacity was also built at that site. A pool was than created on the Vistula, which soon became a habitat for various bird species. Ornithologists’ observations, including studies by members of the Małopolska Ornithological Society in Kraków, the researchers from the Institute of Environmental Sciences of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, contributed to the creation of a bird-watching trail on the Łączany water reservoir. The trail was marked in 2001 in the Complex of Jura Landscape Parks in Kraków (the trail runs within the area of the Rudna Landcsape Park). The main aim of the trail was to protect the unique beauty of the Łączany water reservoir. It is also an educational trail for children and school youth, aimed to teach environmental science, to present the values of the environment, and a wealth of animal species and vegetation typical of this area.
The actual length of the trail in the project area totals 2 km.