What's Currently Happening in Repovesi National Park
Check for Warnings
When forest and grass fire warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally.
Gathering at the campfire sites increases the risk of coronavirus infection. Guidelines concerning coronavirus COVID-19.
Wells of Repovesi are in use
(Updated June 23 2020)
All wells in Repovesi National Park are in use. According to research results (2018) water in wells of Repovesi is drinkable and no boiling is required. Water level is low in Määkijä well. You must keep on pumping longer than usual.
Water in wells of Määkijä, Lojukoski and Kuutinkanava have slight color and odour nuisances. You will find more accurate information on the info boards by the wells. Water in Valkjärvi well has strong color and odour nuisances. At the moment we recommend to take drinking water from Valkjärvi lake and to boil it several minutes before drinking it.
Remember to wash your dishes and yourself at least 5 metres away from wells and water bodies like lakes!
Lighting campfires is forbidden during forest and grass fire warning
(updated June 4 2020)
During forest and grass fire warning fire setting is allowed only in covered camp-fire places with a flue and in the fireplaces of the huts with extra caution. Cooking shelters in Lapinsalmi and Kuutinkanava are open for everyone and fire setting is allowed there. Check the warnings (en.ilmantieteenlaitos.fi).
Respect privacy of summer cottages
(Updated June 1 2020)
Please bear in mind that there are several privately owned summer cottages in and nearby Repovesi National Park. If possible, keep a distance of least 50 metres from the beaches belonging to these summer cottages. This way everyone can enjoy the magnificent views of the lake in peace.
In the map, the private beaches belonging to summer cottages have been marked in red. Map (pdf, 6 Mb, julkaisut.metsa.fi).
Improvement work has been done on the trail between Katajajärvi campfire site and Kuutinkanava
(Updated August 1 2019)
The work to improve the trail between Katajajärvi campfire site and Kuutinkanava Canal has been done with gravel. The improvement work is part of a project Retkelle Repovedelle to secure the sustainable use of the area for the growing number of visitors. The project has received financial support from The Rural Development Programme for Mainland Finland via The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in Southeast Finland. The project is expected to last two years.
How to use the non-composting toilets
(Updated 25. June 2019)
In Repovesi national park there are currently non-composting toilets, which don't have to be emptied so frequently and the content is used for soil improvement. Visitors should bear in mind two factors so that the toilets will have good ventilation and the smell will be minimized:
1) Please, close the toilet lid when you leave
2) Don't put anything else than toilet paper in the toilet, not even biodegradable waste