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Kishon Park , Haifa-Kishon Marina *

Kishon Park Photo: Hanay

I love aerial photos! You will also love the these shots of Kishon Park and the Haifa-Kishon Marina. They did a good job of rehabilitation of the polluted river.

Kishon River – الكيشون – Nachal Kishon

The Kishon River is a 70 km long perennial stream. Its farthermost sources are Mount Gilboa (the South Eastern basin) and the North Eastern basin just south of Nazareth. It flows through the Jezreel Valley, by way of Baruch Lake, Tel Kasis, Harosheth of the Gentiles, Sepphoris Creek, and Gedora Creek. The Kishon empties into Haifa Bay and the Mediterranean Sea at the foot of Carmel. The drainage basin is the country’s second largest of all the coastal rivers – about 1,110 km. Another Arabic name for this river is Nahr el-Mokatta –  نهر المقطع‎ which means River of Slaughter referring to Sisera’s defeat and the prophets of Baal killed by the prophet Elijah. The Kishon appears clearly in Peutinger Map (Tabula Peutingeriana).  Roman author Pliny the Elder visited Haifa Bay area in 70 CE and speculated that Phoenician glass was invented here in the Haifa Bay, near Acre. Josephus Flavius wrote (2 Wars 10: 2) about the glass manufacturing in the bay of Haifa.

Nahal_Kishon_Route Photo: קרלוס הגדול
Photo: קרלוס הגדול

Pollution in the Kishon River

The Kishon was for many years one of the most polluted rivers in Israel due to nearby chemical plants. I, myself, worked twenty years in the Refinery. Most of the river was clean, however the last seven kilometers downstream were extremely polluted. This destroyed the natural ecosystem and turned it into a channel for wastewater. A major clean up project began in 2012 and was due to be concluded in 2015. Members of one of the IDF’s special operations units who had intensive training in the polluted Kishon had high occurrence of cancer. My unit in the Engineering Corps only trained in the Kishon once. We had to jump out of those inflatable boats, as in the photo below, into the oily water. In Hebrew they are called “rubber boats“.  At least we didn’t have to re-oil our rifles after the exercises.

IDF training in the Kishon River. 1969-1970 Photo: udi Steinwell Pikiwiki Israel
IDF training in the Kishon River. 1969-1970
Photo: udi Steinwell Pikiwiki Israel

Biblical Kishon River

I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands. Judges 4:7

Sisera summoned from Harosheth Haggoyim to the Kishon River all his men and his nine hundred chariots fitted with iron.  Judges 4:13

 The river Kishon swept them away, the age-old river, the river Kishon. March on, my soul; be strong! Judges 5:21

Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there. 1 Kings 18:40

Kishon Park – Fisherman Anchorage Park

The beautiful Kishon Park is adjacent to the Haifa Marina and both are to the east of the main Haifa port. This park extends along the last half-kilometer of the Kishon River and its green grass covers 33000 square meters. The park is family friendly, accessible, free entrance, free parking. You can easily find picnic areas.

  • Address: Kishon Park, Ha-Dayagim St, The Fisherman Anchorage, Haifa
  • Phone 972-4-8404404
  • Parking
  • Suitable for Children
  • Accessibility
  • Email info@kishon.org.il

There are several other parks and attractions along the Kishon River:

  • Locomotive Park (or Railway Park) – פארק המסילה או פארק הקטר: The park is on Weizman Street, Kiryat Tivon. It offers picnic tables and a children friendly playground.
  • Elroi Train Station – תחנת הרכבת אלרואי: The Park is on Barak Ben Avinoam Street, Elroi. This was a railway station on the old Jezreel Valley Railway (Valley Train). The park offers  picnic sites and is children friendly.

  • Elroi Spring – מעיין אלרואי: Elroi is a neighborhood in Kiryat Tivon. The park is near the Elroi Train Station Park.
Elroi Spring Photo: Hanay
Elroi Spring
Photo: Hanay
  • Tel Muammar – תל מעמר: This is an archaeological site along side the Kishon and next to HaAmakim Junction – צומת העמקים  – ג’למה.
Tel Ma'amer Photo: שועל
Tel Ma’amer
Photo: שועל
  • Arched Bridge –  גשר קשתות: Turkish bridge planned by German engineer, Heinrich August Meissner in 1905
Turkish Arched Bridge
Turkish Arched Bridge
  • Valley Park – פארק העמקים: The park is adjacent to Nachal Kishon, on both sides of Route 75, on land purchased by the JNF in 1935 (together with the land for Kibbutz Sha’ar Amakim). The Turkish Arched Bridge is in Park HaAmakim. A walking, hiking and bicycle path meanders along side the Kishon parallel to Route 70. Local Arabs called this swampy land “Haratiya” which was immortalized in the song: Al Giv’ot Sheikh Abrek

The Haifa  – Kishon Marina

The Kishon Marina and  Fisherman Anchorage  is located east of the main port of Haifa. There are two breakwaters. The main channel is 1045 m long. There is enough space for up to 250 private yachts and 120 fishing boats in the marina.

Kishon Marina Past and Future

The Kishon Marina Now

Kishon Park - Haifa Marina at the mouth of the Kishon Photo: Haifa Municipality - The Spokesperson, Publicity and Advertising Division יוצרZvi Roger
Haifa Marina at the mouth of the Kishon
Photo: Haifa Municipality – The Spokesperson, Publicity and Advertising Division יוצר Zvi Roger

[Title photo: Hanay]

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