The Pagramantis Regional Park is a park settled in western Lithuania, in the territory of Šilalė and Tauragė regions. The Park was founded in 1992 with a purpose to preserve valuable landscape of valleys and forests in confluence of Akmena and Jūra Rivers, its natural eco-system and cultural heritage values, allow tourism and recreation, preserve particularly valuable in natural concern landscape of Jūra midland and Akmena lower reaches and biocenosis of Plynoji swamp.
The Park has Jūra and Akmenė rivers with numerous tributaries (Aušbruva, Lylava, Šunija, Bremena, Sermas, Alanga, Vynija). The biggest part of territory is covered by forests (58,1%), where spruce stands dominate. The most valuable communes of flora and fauna are detected in Akmena valley, Plynoji bog and surrounding forests, Bremenos-Akmenos-Sermo river complex and Tyreliai landscape reserve.
In the concern of geomorphology, valleys of Jūra with expressive stages and outcrops formed by deepening and lateral erosion and the valley of Jūra and Akmena‘s confluence are exceptionally valuable. The valley of Akmena is also valuable, especially the separate parts of it: Lakštingalų valley, segment at Indija village, where a valley with a shape of big amphitheatre is, the valley of riverbed below the village and the big shoal of Akmenė.
In the concern of geology, the outcrops of Jūra River which make the entire cascade and stretch from Geniai till Dapiškiai is valuable as well. There are quite a lot of them in Regional Park, but the number of more valuable ones reaches 16, 15 of which is near Jūra and 1 near Akmenė River. The most valuable ones are Genių, Paragmančio, Lengvenių outcrops. On the other hand, some of the outcrops (Alangos, Jocių, Reksčių, Lengvenių, Rekstukų) are arranged next to each other and creates united geomorphologic complexes.
The biggest hydrographical value creates Jūra and Akmenė rivers with big slope, comparatively good water quality, impressive valleys with steep inclines, islands and shoals. Rivulets with their banks covered by forests like Jūra and Akmenė rivers’ tributaries.
Defensife chain remained from the period of Crusaders war on the banks of Jūra and Akmenė, ancient Dapkiškių, Matiškių, Kreivių, Indijos, Pilalės, Švedkulnio, Kuturių, Pagramančio mounds, Balskų, Lylavėnų graves, Tamošaičių stone, ancient settlements, manor house sites and cemeteries. One of the most impressive mounds Pagramančio with ancient settlement near Akmenė and Gramančios rivers’ confluence. There are lots of old cemeteries in the Park. The Pagramantis town with its church is also interesting.
Leisure and entertainment
Most suitable for fishing are Balskų dam and Jūra River. Even in the dry summer you can travel by kayaks and rafts on Jūra river. Boating in Akmena River is only possible in spring. Its deep canyons, heavy shoals and sharp rock will leave a deep impression. Lakštingalų valley is very suitable for recreation.