Instructions on Exploring Lake Pihlajavesi Area

In the Area, the following are


  • To move about on your own and with watercraft, except in restricted areas between 1 January and 30 April.
  • Temporary camping is permitted throughout the area, except in restricted areas between 1 January and 30 April. 
  • Picking berries and edible mushrooms.
  • Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are permitted, except in restricted areas between 1 January and 30 April. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at (In Finnish).


  • Landing and movement are prohibited from 1 January to 30 April in the land areas belonging to the Nature Reserve, indicated on the map, so as not to disturb the Saimaa ringed seal's reproduction and resting sites. In areas where the islands in the restricted zone are surrounded by state-owned water areas within the Nature Reserve, the restriction on movement also applies to the ice 50 metres or more from the shore. These restrictions do not apply to passage to private property, bordering on the restricted areas, deemed necessary in order to use the property.
  • Lighting campfires, which is only allowed at places designated for this purpose.
  • Fishing:
  • Activities other than those covered by Everyman's rights are, as a rule, subject to the permission of Metsähallitus. Such permission is required for activities such as research and large events.


  • Lighting fire in the open if the forest fire warning is in effect!
  • Pets running at large 
  • Taking or damaging trees, bushes, other plants or their parts, or mushrooms other than edible ones
  • Damaging soil or rock, and extraction of earth material or minerals
  • Killing, catching or disturbing wild vertebratesor damaging their nests. It is likewise forbidden to capture or collect invertebrates
  • Leaving waste in the area, or damaging constructions


Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas without signal. There may also be some smaller spots where there is interference. If this happens try to climb to a higher place or go into an open area. It may be worth removing the SIM card from your phone and then trying again to make emergency call. Different phones also differ in their coverage.
  • We recommend that you keep your mobile phone warm at all times and take along food and drink. Certain phone models do not work when the temperature falls below zero. You should therefore let someone know your planned route. To keep your mobile phone charged, bring along a spare power source, a spare battery or an old phone with a working battery.

Equipment and Safety

Peak Seasons

  • The busiest days with visitors are from the Midsummer to the beginning of August.
  • In the autumn, weekends are popular times to visit the area.

Emergency number 112

In case of an emergency along the way, for example if you get lost or injured or see a forest fire, dial 112. Detailed instructions.

Dogs must be kept on a leash! Photo: Seppo Leinonen.

Dogs must be kept on a leash!