The Loisach river with a length of 120 km (75 mi.) is rich in fish, making it very popular among fishing enthusiasts. River trout and graylings are the fish most commonly caught in this Alpine river.
In earlier times, the Loisach river was used to transport gypsum, limestone, and the logs from the forests in the Werdenfels Land. Many river rafters once lived in the part of Murnau called Hechendorf which is right next to the Loisach river. Today you can see canoes, kayaks, and rafts floating down the river. A Bavarian song has even been written about the Loisachtal: "... Ma muaß die ganze Welt ausgehn und find' es nirgendswo so schön!" (Literally: you have to go through the whole world and find nowhere else so beautiful!) The section between Griesen and Garmisch-Partenkirchen is popular as a whitewater eldorado among kayakers. After Eschenlohe, though, the river is calm and perfect for rafting. The water is clean and refreshing, so why not find a secluded place on the shore for a picnic and a swim?
If you prefer to stay dry and enjoy the river from the shore instead, you can explore the beautiful river valley by bicycle - a signposted bike route follows the Loisach upriver for approx. 30 km (19 mi.) from Murnau to Garmisch-Partenkirchen or from Großweil to Kochel and then Benediktbeuern.
In the winter, you will find one of the most beautiful cross-country ski tracks in the Alps along the Loisach river. They lead from Eschenlohe to Oberau and then Farchant. Get away from it all while skiing through the wide river meadows surrounded by alpine forests with stunning vistas of the Alps.
The boat and sporting goods rental shop, Boot & Sportartikelverleih Großweil, offers a guided mountain bike ride from Großweil to Farchant (or to Oberau or Eschenlohe). Afterwards, the cyclists board a raft in Farchant, Oberau or Eschenlohe and float back to Großweil. The outing is especially well suited for families and groups. Duration: approx. 5 hours 30 minutes (Farchant), approx. 4 hours 30 minutes (Oberau), approx. 3 hours 30 minutes (Eschenlohe).