In Syöte National Park, you can also canoe. River Pärjänjoki, which flows through the national park, is a popular canoe and fishing destination in the summer. Pärjänjoki is a fairly small river and rocky during dry periods, in particular. When the water level is high, the river is speedy but rather easy to run. The partners operating in the area organise guided canoe trips. They also hire out and transport canoes.
River Pärjänjoki Canoe Route, Kuivakoski‒Harriranta, 22 km
Available in June‒October, in the period of unfrozen waters. Travel time 1 day. Category: Intermediate, rapids scale I-II
River Pärjänjoki is suitable for canoeists with some experience. However, even beginners can manage the route when accompanied by a more experienced canoeist.
Karsikkoperäntie 861, 93280 Pudasjärvi (www.google.fi).
Toraskoski campfire site, Annintupa Day Trip Hut.
River Pärjänjoki Canoe Route (Kuivakoski - Toraskoski - Annintupa Day Trip Hut - Harriranta, 22 km) is suitable for canoeists with some experience. However, even beginners can manage the route when accompanied by a more experienced canoeist. According to the rapids scale of the Finnish Canoe Federation, these rapids belong to class I or II.
The canoe route starts from the Kuivakoski Bridge. There is a small parking area and signposts by the bridge. The services available for canoeists have also been signposted. The canoe route ends by the bridge of the Rytinki road (No. 858) at Harriranta, and the boat launching site is on the left, before the bridge. You can still canoe, if you like, from Harriranta along River Pärjänjoki to the mouth of River Livojoki, which extends the trip by about 30 kilometres more.
An open canoe and a kayak are the best vehicles for travelling along the river. At the service points in the area, you can buy the brochure Syöte National Park Canoeing Guide-Map.
River Pärjänjoki Canoe Route can be found in the Excursionmap.fi service.