Instructions on Exploring Kolovesi National Park

In the National Park, the following are

allowed:

  • moving around canoeing and rowing
  • walking, except in the restricted areas and excluding the season when the lake is frozen
  • walking along Nahkiassalo Nature Trail round the year. The trail is marked with orange circles.
  • walking along Mäntysalo Trail in the times when it can be reached by water. The trail is marked with orange circles.
  • Mountain biking is allowed according to everyman´s rights. Always stay on clearly visible tracks and pay attention to other hikers.
  • picking berries and edible mushrooms, except in the restricted areas
  • hook and line fishing and ice fishing 

restricted:

  • entering the restricted areas for protection of rare and threatened species and their habitats.
    • In the restricted area marked in the map of Kolovesi (Pieni Kolovesi) entering is not allowed at any time of the year.
    • In the winter, 1.1.-30.4., it is also forbidden to enter any of the islands in the park, but in the parts which are on the mainland it is allowed to move about.
  • Lure fishing is allowed with a lure fishing permit. The lure fishing permit of Metsähallitus and the fisheries management fee can be bought and paid at the Metsähallitus netstore (www.eraluvat.fi).
  • Moose hunting, which is allowed to the local hunting club by permission of Metsähallitus.
  • Camping and lighting campfires is only allowed at places designated for this purpose. On the camsites which are situated on the islands it is allowed to camp only during 1.5.-31.12.

forbidden:

  • In the restricted area marked in the map of Kolovesi (Pieni Kolovesi) entering is not allowed at any time of the year.
  • In the winter (1.1.-30.4.) it is also forbidden to enter any of the islands in the park.
  • In the winter, 1.1.-30.4. it is forbidden to use the motor vehicles on the water area belonging to the national park.
  • Motorboating in the area marked in the map.
  • Lighting fire in the open if the forest fire warning is in effect
  • Pets running at large
  • Taking or damaging trees, bushes, other plants or their parts, or mushrooms other than edible ones
  • Damaging soil or rock, and extraction of earth material or minerals
  • Killing, catching or disturbing wild vertebrates, or damaging their nests
  • Catching or collecting invertebrates
  • To protect the pups of the Saimaa Ringed Seal, there is prohibition on net fishing 1.4. - 30. 6. in almost the whole area of Kolovesi. It is not possible to get net fishing permits for waters owned by Metsähallitus at Kolovesi, because the area is very important for the Saimaa Ringed Seal's reproduction.
  • Driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles
  • Leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions

Preparations

Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas in the park without signal. There may also be some smaller spots where there is interference. If this happens try to climb to a higher place or go into an open area. It may be worth removing the SIM card from your phone and then trying again to make emergency call. Different phones also differ in their coverage.
  • We recommend that you keep your mobile phone warm at all times and take along food and drink. Certain phone models do not work when the temperature falls below zero. You should therefore let someone know your planned route. To keep your mobile phone charged, bring along a spare power source, a spare battery or an old phone with a working battery.

Equipment and Safety

Peak Seasons

  • The wilderness-like nature of Kolovesi National Park attracts lots of visitors in July-August. In the peak season it is not easy to find a tent site there. We recommend you to make your trip in the first weeks of June or in the last weeks of August. The visit in the colourful ruska season in September-October would be also an unforgettable experience.

Emergency number 112

In case of an emergency along the way, for example if you get lost or injured or see a forest fire, dial 112. Detailed instructions.

Dogs must be kept on a leash! Photo: Seppo Leinonen

Dogs must be kept on a leash!