What's Currently Happening in Kolovesi National Park

Winter in Kolovesi

(Updated 23.1.2018)
Nature in Kolovesi has settled down for the winter. No winter maintenance is performed on the roads, parking areas or trails in the park. It is not safe to move on the ice, as currents may keep it treacherously thin in the narrows of Lake Kolovesi, even after a hard frost. 

In winter, visitors are not allowed on the islands in the national park, in the park's water areas, motor vehicles are prohibited from moving on the ice. All movement on the islets and snowdrifts by the shore is prohibited in order to avoid disturbing Saimaa ringed seals, which give birth to pups in nests in the snow drifts on the shores of small islets.

Lean-to shelter in Pyylinoja has burned down!

(Updated on 5.9.2017)
In the northern part of Kolovesi in Pyylinoja excursion harbour the lean-to shelter has burned down. The other builds are still in use.

In Pitkäsaari southern and Lapinniemi excursion harbours there is no firewood

(Updated on 29.5.2017)

In Pitkäsaari southern and Lapinniemi excursion harbours there is no firewood. 
If you wish, you may fetch firewood from the nearby excursion harbour to the southern campfire site of Pitkäsaari. 
In Lapinniemi food must be cooked on camping cookers. If you wish, you may fetch firewood from the nearby excursion harbour (for examle from Laajakaarre).
It is prohibited to collect firewood from the nature!
 

In Karjalansaari, to the north of Kolovesi National Park, there is no excursion harbour. It has been taken down.

Huhtiniemi and Mäntysalo Rental Huts

(Updated 1.2.2017)

Huhtiniemi and Mäntysalo (Mäntysalo in finnish only now) Rental Huts can now be booked from the web shop eraluvat.fi or from the service number +358 20 69 2424.

Duckboards Removed from the Nahkiaissalo Trail

(Updated on 8 August 2016)
The duckboards on the Nahkiaissalo trail have come to the end of their service life. The most worn-out boards has been removed and the trail is realigned where the duckboards used to lie. The terrain on the trail is challenging, with steep hills, rocky patches and roots. There will be small wet patches on the trail in the places where the duckboards are removed. When walking on the trail, be sure to wear sturdy shoes and choose waterproof footwear in rainy weather.