What can one do in Pihlajavesi Area?

Walk on Marked Trails

There is a 2,3-km-long hiking trail on Iso-Kankainen Island.

Go Canoe Trekking and Row Boating

Canoeing or row boating are good ways to get to know the diverse landscape of Lake Pihlajavesi. Equipment rental and maps can be easily found. Starting from the town of Savonlinna, the nearest excursion harbours are less than 10 km away. You need at least 2 - 3 days to explore the area properly.

There are no marked row boating or canoeing routes inside the area. On the large water system, you need to have previous experience in canoeing or boating, and adequate maps with you. See also Special services for boaters and Directions for boaters.

The Pääskyniemi Cape excursion harbour. Photo: Laura Lehtonen

Go Sailing or Motor Boating

On Lake Pihlajavesi, boaters can choose between large open water areas and the labyrinth-like archipelago. There are several boat channels in the area, which are marked on the nautical charts. There are several excursion harbours in the area, with different services.

See the Sights and Scenery

In the southern end of Kongonsaari Island there are constructions of the Salpa-Line fortification. There is a boat stage where to anchor to.

See the Nature Exhibition

Saimaa Nature Centre Riihisaari - Nature Centre is located in the Savonlinna Provincial Museum in the heart of the town of Savonlinna, close to the medieval Olavinlinna Castle. There is an exhibition about Lake Saimaa and the Saimaa ringed seal. Groups may get guided presentations about, for example, the services of Pihlajavesi area, the conservation aims, endangered species of the lakes, and nature conservation in general.

Go Fishing

  • Hook and line fishing and ice fishing
    • Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are allowed, except in restricted areas between 1 January and 30 April
  • Lure Fishing
    • Those, who are 18 - 64 years old, need to pay the fisheries management fee (www.eraluvat.fi). If you are fishing with more than one rod, you will need to pay a fee to the owner of the water area in addition to the fisheries management fee. If you fish with more than one rod, you also need Metsähallitus' angling permit no 7413 for Southern Finland. Fishing permits are available from Metsähallitus' netstore  (www.eräluvat.fi). Information on other lure permits for the region (www.pihlajavesi.net, In Finnish). Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
  • Trap fishing
    • ​​Persons aged 18-64 must pay the fisheries management fee. The permission of the owner of the water area is also required. 
    • In the Pihlajavesi state-owned water area (Permit area 7009), you may fish with a Metsähallitus fishing permit. Permits can also be purchased by phone at +358 (0)20 69 2424.
  • ​​Professional fishing is also done at Lake Pihlajavesi. 
  • In order to protect the Saimaa ringed seal, there are restrictions on fishing at Pihlajavesi:
    • Net fishing is prohibited each year from 15 April to 30 June (with the exception of vendace nets) in central habitat areas frequented by Saimaa Ringed Seal pups. In addition, in accordance with the Fishing Act (www.mmm.fi), the use of certain traps and fishing methods is prohibited in these areas in order to ensure optimum living conditions and not disturb the reproduction of the Saimaa ringed seal.
    • On Metsähallitus' waters, net fishing is prohibited all year round.

Go Berry and Mushroom Picking

Picking berries and mushrooms is allowed in Pihlajavesi area. On the islands, you will find sweet-tasting blueberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) and fresh-tasting lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea). Delicious Chanterelles (Cantharellus) delight mushroom pickers.

Go Swimming

There is no official swimming place in the area. However, swimming is possible in most excursion harbours, and there are beautiful sandy beaches in several places.

Services Offered by Partners in Pihlajavesi