The beginnings of rafting on the longest Slovak river date back to the 11th century. The Váh was the only convenient and safe route when northern Slovakia was becoming populated.
For the rafters, the Strečno valley represented an adventure and many unusual experiences.
The valley, with its numerous meanders, invented or real obstacles, two castles, and the untouched nature of Malá Fatra, was a stretch of the river that they looked forward to but also respected.
The rafts used to leave from Liptov and, after having passed the two rocks Margita and Besná, navigation went smoothly until the Danube and, afterwards, as far as the Black Sea. In the past, wooden rafts were the most important means for both goods and personal transport, but at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century they began slowly to be replaced by cheaper railway transport. Therefore, the thirties are considered to be the end of rafting on the Váh.