Customer Service and Guidance

  • Metsähallitus, Customer Service, phone +358 206 39 5270, sisasuomi(at)

A child and an adult read a guide board next to a nature trail in a forest with little snow.

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in the Evo Hiking Area

Meals, where to buy and prepare

Shops, Kiosks and the Canteen

Campfire sites, Cooking Shelters and Lean-to Shelters

There is a campfire site at each lean-to shelter and camping site which are marked in the Ilvesvaellus Trail map. There are lean-to shelters at, for example, the following locations:

  • Lake Syrjänalunen
  • Lake Valkea Mustajärvi (campfire shelter)
  • Lake Vähä-Keltajärvi
  • Lake Savijärvi
  • Lake Sorsajärvi
  • Lake Koveronjärvi
  • There are three cooking shelters around Lakes Niemisjärvet.

Making open fires is always prohibited if a wildfire warning has been issued for the area. Check the current warnings (

  • This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue and a roof. 

A hiker is lighting a fire in the campfire site.

Drinking Water

  • There is a well at Lake Niemisjärvet. Microbiological quality of water is good.
  • There is a well at Luutajoki Parking area. Microbiological quality of water is good. 
  • There are two wells in the Evo camp site and the water is tested and can be used. 
  • There are wells at the both rental cabins (Onninmaja and Mustajärvi). Microbiological quality of the water is good. 
  • There is a natural spring along Syrjäsenalun harjupolku Trail.
  • The surface water from the lakes, rivers and brooks must be boiled before use. Water in the springs and running water in the brooks is usually good for drinking. However, the quality of the water cannot be monitored, so the use of natural water is at your own risk.
  • Look at the tips for outdoors drinking water in Hiking in Finland -pages.
  • Read more about the status of wells on the page "What is new".   

Waste Management

  • There are no waste-bins in the area. Avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area, and take the waste you brought back with you. Biodegradable waste can be placed in dry toilets and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire. Kindly notice that some toilets are emptied with suction and biowaste should not be placed in them. Read more about Hiking without Littering.
  • The recycling point is located at Lake Niemisjärvet.


  • There is a dry toilet at each campfire site and at Niemisjärvi caravan area. Some of them are dry toilets and some are emptied with suction. Dry toilets that are emptied with suction are located in Syrjänalunen, Lake Vähä-Koukkujärvi, Ylinen Laavu, Lake Niemisjärvi caravan area and camping area, Sorsakolu and Lake Valkea Mustajärvi. Please do not put any food waste or other garbage in them.

  • There are dry toilets by the rental huts at Mustajärvi and Onnimaja. You can put small amounts of biodegradable waste in the dry toilets.

  • Please bring your own toilet paper. You may need your own light source in the toilet, also during daylight hours.

Overnight Stays

Camping and Lean-to Shelters

  • The free camping sites are located at Lake Valkea Mustajärvi, Lake Niemisjärvi and Lake Kovero. Camping is allowed also near the lean-to shelters.
    • The facilities of the camping sites include a campfire place, firewood and an axe, and a dry toilet.
  • There are 11 lean-to shelters and 3 reservable lean-to shelters in the hiking area.
    • The facilities at the lean-to shelters include a campfire place, firewood and an axe, and a dry toilet.

Rental Cabins and Lean-to Shelters

  • Metsähallitus   
    • Käenpesä is a lean-to shelter for up to ten persons that is available on reservation. It is located alongside Lake Ylinen Rautjärvi in the Evo Camping Centre near the place for swimming. The shelter has a fireplace that can be used even when wildfire warnings are in effect. There is a dry toilet next to the shelter. Reservations: Metsähallitus Customer Service, sisasuomi(at), tel. int. +358 206 39 5270.
    • Mustajärvi Croft Rental Hut 6 persons. Equipment: Wood-heated stove, an electric cooker and oven, a refrigerator, electric lighting, beds, mattresses, covers and pillows. There is a dry toilet, well, woodshed and sauna in the yard. Mustajärvi Croft rental hut is used by cattle shepherds from 27 May to 7 August 2022. Information and reservations from Metsähallitus Customer Service: sisasuomi(at), tel. int. +358 206 39 5270.
    • Onninmaja Rental Hut 4 persons. Equipment: Wood-heated stove, candle and paraffin lamp lighting, gas cooker, tableware for 12. Water from the well. The well at Onninmaja is in use for renters. Outdoor toilet, shed and campfire site. Swimming possibility in the lake, by the sauna. The beach is gently sloping by the dock. Term of lease 1.4.-30.11. Onninmaja rental hut is used by cattle shepherds from 3 June to 7 August 2022. Information and reservations from Metsähallitus Customer Service: sisasuomi(at), tel. int. +358 206 39 5270.
  • Niemisjärvi Kioski 
  • Evon luonto
  • HAMK University of Applied Sciences, Evo
  • The town of Hämeenlinna

Camping Areas for Groups

There are two camping areas mainly for groups.

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

Accessible Services

  • There is an accessible dry toilet at Lake Niemisjärvi.
  • There is an accessible fishing platform at Lake Niemisjärvi.

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

A group of people in wheelchairs are on a gravel road.

A half-open shelter with a woodshed on a small slope behind it. Hikers walk in front of the buildings. There's some snow on the ground.


Check for Warnings

When wildfire warnings ( 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. 

Drawing of a fireplace. The drawing shows the roof, the flue and off the ground.