Customer Service and Guidance

  • Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola
  • Possibility to hire the Kota-Lapp-Hut at the head of the Lentuankoski Rapids for private events. For more information contact the Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola.
  • Guided tours in the reserve for school groups and other groups of children
  • There is an information board in Finnish, English and Russian on the parking area.
  • Short Finnish information boards with an English summary can be found on the following islands: Pukkisaari, Selkäsaari, Lehtosaari, Salonsaari, Vitikkosaari, Kotasaari and Honkisaari.
  • The information board of the Lentua Nature Trail (in Finnish and English) can be found at the parking area as well as in Kalliolahti at the intersection of the loops of the nature trail.

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in the Nature Reserve

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

Campfire Sites and Lean-to Shelters

  • Lentua Lapp-Hut (preorders needed, contact contact the Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola)
  • Kotasaari Island, boat trail: lean-to shelter and campfire site
  • Lehtosaari Island: wilderness hut, campfire site
  • Selkäsaari Islands: lean-to shelter at the western end and campfire site at the eastern end
  • Pukkisaari Island: lean-to shelter and campfire site
  • Salonsaari Island: Lehonnenä campfire site
  • Multisaari Island: campfire site
  • Honkisaari Island: an old covered drying barn (not equipped as a wilderness hut), campfire site
  • Välisuvanto below the Iso Lentuankoski Rapids: lean-to shelter and campfire site.

By the nature trail in the shore conservation area next to the Lentua Nature Reserve:

  • Kallioniemi Point: sheltered campfire site and camping table
  • Lemetinlahti Bay: lean-to shelter and campfire site.

A lean-to shelter at the Lemetinlahti Bay. Photo: Kia Olin

PLEASE NOTE: Lighting campfires is forbidden also at the constructed campfire sites if the forest fire warning is in effect.
More information about lighting campfires can be found at Hiking in Finland.

Drinking Water

  • Other waters in the area are natural waters that have not been tested. It is always advisable to boil surface water before drinking it, since water quality varies from one area to another.
  • It is recommended that you bring your own drinking water.
  • Look at the tips for outdoors drinking water in Hiking in Finland -pages.

Waste Management

  • There are no waste bins in the reserve, so it is the responsibility of each hiker to dispose of waste that accumulates during the trip. Biodegradable waste should be placed in a toilet or composter, and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire. Read more about Hiking without littering.
  • There is a collection point at the parking area for sorting plastic, metal, mixed waste and glass.

Toilets

  • The Lentua Lapp Hut has two dry toilets, one of which is for the disabled.
  • There is a dry toilet at every campfire site and lean-to shelter.

Overnight Stays

Camping and Lean-to Shelters

You are allowed to camp temporarily near lean-to shelters and campfire sites.

  • Kotasaari Island, boat trail: lean-to shelter and campfire site
  • Selkäsaari Islands: lean-to shelter at the western end and campfire site at the eastern end
  • Pukkisaari Island: lean-to shelter and campfire site
  • Salonsaari Island: Lehonnenä campfire site
  • Multisaari Island: campfire site
  • Välisuvanto below the Iso Lentuankoski Rapids: lean-to shelter and campfire site.

By the nature trail in the shore conservation area next to the Lentua Nature Reserve:

  • Kallioniemi Point: sheltered campfire site and camping table
  • Lemetinlahti Bay: lean-to shelter and campfire site.

Wilderness Huts

  • Lehtosaari Island: wilderness hut, campfire site, sauna
  • Honkisaari Island: an old covered drying barn (not equipped as a wilderness hut), campfire site.

Wilderness hut at the Lehtosaari Island. Photo: Anitta Bednarski

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

  • For information on accommodation in the nearby areas, contact the tourism services of Wild Taiga (www.wildtaiga.fi)

Services for the Disabled

  • The Lentua Lapp Hut is also accessible by wheelchair.
  • There is a dry toilet for the disabled at the hut.
  • The Lentuankoski Rapids are also accessible by wheelchair due to 300 metres of wide duckboards.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • The nearest shops, banks, service stations and other services can be found in the centre of Kuhmo (www.kuhmo.fi).
  • Other tourism services Wild Taiga (www.wildtaiga.fi)