Customer Service and Guidance

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in the National Park

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

  • Repovesi tourist enterprises offer catering and restaurant services.
  • Tip: when packing food along for your hike or outdoor excursion remember to pack them so that packaging materials will not be left in the terrain. Repovesi National Park is a hiking without littering area and there are no waste bins there. Each visitor is responsible for taking their own waste out of the area.

Café, Kiosk and Shops

  • The closest shops are located in Vuohijärvi Village (about 12 km from Lapinsalmi parking area) and in the village of Kääpälä near Vekaranjärvi (about 15 km from Tervajärvi parking area). In summertime there is also a kiosk in Lapinsalmi parking area.

Campfire Shelters and Other Campfire Sites

In recent years numerous new campfire sites have been built in Repovesi National Park, which are equipped with a campfire ring, a firewood shelter (with an axe) and dry toilet (unless otherwise stated).

  • Lapinsalmi Sound (a campfire shelter, a meal shelter)
  • Kapiavesi
  • Lake Katajajärvi, on the eastern shore
  • Kuutinkanava Canal (a campfire shelter, a meal shelter)
  • Kuutinkanava 2 (east side)
  • Talas (a campfire site must not be used when a forest fire warning is in effect)
  • Olhava (a lean-to shelter, crowded at times)
  • Kirnukangas (a campfire site must not be used when a forest fire warning is in effect, a lean-to shelter, close to Kirnuhuoko)
  • Cape Sukeltajaniemi (a campfire site must not be used when a forest fire warning is in effect)
  • Karhulahti Bay
  • Lojukoski
  • Cape Määkijäniemi 

Most campfire sites in Repovesi have been equipped with new, easy-care fireplaces that consume less wood. The fireplaces can also be used when a forest fire warning is in effect. Do not pour water into the fireplace – you may damage it!

Photo: Katariina Hopponen

Reservable Lapp huts

Reservable campfire site for groups

  • Valkjärvi rental camp area
There is a fee for all rental sites. Bookings (www.repovesinationalpark.fi). In addition to the actual hut, the rental site also comprises a designated yard equipped with a campfire site (a hearth, a picnic table, a locked firewood shelter) and a dry toilet.

Drinking Water

  • Water from lakes, rivers and brooks should be boiled before drinking it, as the quality of these waters varies from one area to another.
  • There are five wells in Repovesi area: in Saarijärvi, Olhava, Lojukoski, Määkijä and Kuutinkanava. And one well in Valkjärvi rental camp area.
    • Water from Määkijä and Lojukoski wells should be boiled before drinking! 

Waste Management

  • There are no waste-bins in the park. Measures should be taken in advance to avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area. Of the waste that accumulates during your trip, you can use campfire sites to burn those articles which can safely be burnt, and leave biodegradable waste in the dry toilets. Take all other waste out of the area. Read more about Hiking without littering.
  • Please note that there are no recycling points in the parking areas! 

Toilets

There are dry toilets at:

  • Lapinsalmi (also a toilet for disabled persons), Tervajärvi (also a toilet for disabled persons) and Saarijärvi Parking Areas
  • Lapinsalmi on the east-side of the hanging bridge
  • Kuutinkanava Canal (also a toilet for disabled persons)
  • the south-end of Lake Olhavanlampi
  • Kirnukangas
  • Karhulahti (also a toilet for disabled persons)
  • Lojukoski
  • Lojukoski Reservable Lapp Hut (a toilet for disabled persons)
  • Kapiavesi
  • Valkjärvi (also a toilet for disabled persons)
  • Katajajärvi
  • close to the Mustavuori reservable Lapp hut
  • Määkijä (also a toilet for disabled persons)
  • Talas campfire site (a toilet for disabled persons)
  • Sukeltajaniemi campfire site (a toilet for disabled persons)

Toilet paper is good to have along.

Overnight Stays

Camping

Camping is permitted for short periods in the vicinity of 12 campfire sites in Repovesi National Park.

The campfire sites are at:

  • Karhulahti
  • Olhava (lean-to shelter), a busy spot
  • Cape Sukeltajaniemi, little space, a quiet and beautiful spot 
  • Kirnukangas (lean-to shelter), quite a quiet spot
  • Lojukoski, quite a quiet spot
  • Kapiavesi
  • Katajajärvi, few tent spots, many travellers along the main trail
  • Määkijä, good swimming spot
  • Lapinsalmi, spots for the tents on the upper plateau on the east side of the hanging bridge, a busy spot.Camping is not allowed near campfiresite.
  • Talas, swimming spot
  • Kuutinkanava Canal, We recommend you do not camp on the Kuutinlahti side of Kuutinkanava Canal; it is a very busy spot.

The structures at the campfire sites include the actual campfire place, a firewood shelter with an axe and a dry toilet.

There is also the option to pitch a tent by the reservable Lapp hut for those who have booked the hut.

The closest camping site (long stays, caravans) is located next to the Orilampi Cottage and Holiday Centre.

Kirnukangas lean-to shelter. Photo: Pertti Heinonen

Lean-to Shelters

There are lean-to shelter on the shore of Lake Ohlavanlampi and at Kirnukangas.

Reservable Lapp Hut

Reservable Campfire site for groups

  • Valkjärvi rental camp

There is a fee for all rental sites. Bookings (www.repovesinationalpark.fi). In addition to the actual hut, the rental site also comprises a designated yard equipped with a campfire site (a hearth, a picnic table, a locked firewood shelter) and a dry toilet.

Photo: Mari Laukkanen

Rental Cabins

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

More information on tourist enterprises can be obtained at Enterprises and organisations offering services in the national park, Saimaa Nature Centre Riihisaari, Visitkouvola-website (www.visitkouvola.fi) and Mäntyharju-website (www.mantyharju.fi).

Equipment Rental

More information on how and where to rent hiking gear can be found at Saimaa nature Centre Riihisaari or at Enterprises and organisations offering services in the national park.

  • The local tourist enterprises rent for example boats and canoes.

Services for the Disabled

There are services for the disabled in Repovesi National Park at

  • Karhulahti Bay area
    • Suitable for disabled people accompanied by an assistant.
    • A campfire site, a toilet for disabled persons and a reservable Lapp hut.
  • Lapinsalmi Parking Area
    • The emergency access road onto the pier and the route to the Fox Ferry is suitable for disabled persons accompanied by an assistant.
    • Toilet for disabled persons.
  • The area of Kuutinkanava Canal
    • The campfire sites by the canal and the trail (200 m) between them is suitable for disabled persons who have an assistant.
    • Toilet for disabled persons.
  • Talas campfire site
    • Toilet for disabled persons.
  • Sukeltajaniemi campfire site
    • Toilet for disabled persons.
  • Lojukoski Reservable Lapp Hut
    • Toilet for disabled persons.
  • By agreement, activity days can be arranged for groups of disabled people (minimum: one busload), must be agreed with the park manager, tel. +358 400 172 445.

More information on upcoming services at Natural Heritage Services, Southern Finland. More information at Enterprises and organisations offering services in the national park.

Services for Boaters and Canoers

  • Piers for larger boats and ferries are at Lapinsalmi Sound, Kuutin-kanava Canal, Mustalamminvuori Hill, Karhulahti Bay and at Hillosen-salmi Sound.
  • There are rowboat boat launch points at Tervajärvi parking area and at Hillosensalmi Sound on the municipality of Valkeala shoreline.
  • Suitable canoe launch points are located at the Lapinsalmi and Tervajärvi parking areas as well as outside of the national park on the shore of Hillosensalmi Sound.
  • There are canoe piers at the Lapinsalmi and Tervajärvi parking areas, at Mustavuori Hill, at the campfire sites at Lapinsalmi hanging bridge, at Lake Kapiavesi, at Karhulahti Bay, at Lojukoski, at Määkijä and at Kuutinkanava Canal.
  • There is a new canoe transport trail (about 150 m) from the Lapinsalmi parking area to the new canoe pier (canoes must be dragged for example by canoe carriage, there is a beam across the trail). In emergency situations the road also acts as an emergency route.
  • Moving canoes along the isthmuses has been easier (canoes can be carried or pulled in your own canoe carriage). At Kuutinkanava Canal the old trail has been continued with a track to the shore of Lake Tervajärvi and a track from Kuutinlahti Bay via Lake Mustalampi to Lake Valkjärvi.
  • Remember that boating and canoeing are forbidden on Lake Olhavanlampi up until mid-summer. The only exception is the use of boats by rock climbers to reach the foot of the cliff.

Visitors in Repovesi National Park. Photo: Juhani Outinen

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • Services such as a bank and post-office can be found in the centres of Valkeala and Mäntyharju. The distance from the centre of Valkeala to Repovesi National Park is about 30 km, and from the centre of Mäntyharju about 35 km.
  • More information on services at Valkeala Municipal Services, on the Visitkouvola-website (www.visitkouvola.fi), at Repovesi Nature Information Hut and Mäntyharju-website (www.mantyharju.fi).

Services Offered by Partners in Repovesi National Park

Destination Brochure

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