Instructions and Rules in Liesjärvi National Park
Liesjärvi National Park is a nature reserve intended as a public attraction. Its purpose is to protected pristine Finnish forests and lake landscapes and to preserve the old Korteniemi forest ranger’s farm and its cultural landscape. It is important to study matters dealing with the national park in advance and prepare yourself properly for your trip by reading the instructions, rules and regulations of the park (pdf 329 Kt, julkaisut.metsa.fi, in Finnish).
Getting Around in National Park
Picking Berries, Mushrooms and Wild Herbs
Other Rules and Instructions
The outdoor activities in the Liesjärvi National Park are guided with the rules and regulations. When getting around in nature, let’s show respect for it. Take a look at the Outdoor Etiquette.
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In the Liesjärvi National Park, you may freely walk, ski, row and canoe, except in the restricted areas:
- Landing on some of the islands is prohibited between 15 April and 15 July (map).
- Access to Tervalamminsuo mire area is prohibited between 15 April and 15 July.
Temporary camping is only allowed at the designated locations: Peukaloinen lean-to shelter, Kaksvetinen hut and Savilahti camping area.
Lighting a fire is allowed at the maintained campfire sites that have been marked on the map and in the terrain. You are only allowed to use the firewood that has been reserved for the purpose. The person who lights the campfire is always responsible for the fire.
The use of a portable camping stove is allowed in areas where hiking is allowed. During the forest and grass fire warning, the use of hobo stoves is not allowed, as sparks may be created.
Lighting any campfires is strictly forhibited if the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect. Always check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi). This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue: Tittilammi reservable cooking shelter and Kaksvetinen hut.
There are no waste-bins or recycling points in the park. Measures should be taken in advance to avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area. Take away everything you brought along.
You can put leftovers and other biowaste in a dry toilet at rest spots.
Small amounts of clean paper and cardboard may be used as kindling at a campfire site or a fireplace at a hut. Other waste, such as packages that contain aluminium foil or plastic, may not be burned in a fireplace, as they may form non-biodegradable waste and toxic gases.
Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are allowed under everyman's rights, except where specific restrictions apply.
Lure fishing with a single rod is permitted, except in the restricted access area. Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee (eraluvat.fi). Fishing permits are available from Metsähallitus' online shop (eraluvat.fi).
Lakes Liesjärvi, Hangaslampi and Lahnalampi are not part of the park. In order to fish in Liesjärvi or Lahnalampi lakes with more than one rod, you need to pay the fisheries management fee and also get a permit from the Liesjärvi partnership or the Kyynäräharju water area partnership.
Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (in Finnish).
Picking berries and edible mushrooms is allowed, except in restricted areas.
Taking or damaging trees, bushes, other plants or their parts, or mushrooms other than edible ones is forbidden. Picking wild herbs is therefore forbidden.
Cycling is allowed only on the roads marked for this purpose. (Roads: Kukkoharjuntie, Kanteluksentie, Kyynäränharjuntie, Korteniementie, Katavalammintie). See the map (pdf, 1.1 Mb, julkaisut.metsa.fi, in Finnish).
Horse riding is only permitted on roads and routes designated for this purpose. See map of park regulations (in Finnish, pdf 348 kb, julkaisut.metsa.fi).
As a rule, a permit issued by Metsähallitus is required for activities other than those included in everyman's rights, which may include research, organised events and the shooting of films or advertisements in the terrain. Further information on required permits: research and access permits (metsa.fi) and permits and notifications related to events (metsa.fi).
The use of the trails and structures of the Liesjärvi National Park for business activities is always subject to a fee, and for frequent business use, a contract with Metsähallitus (metsa.fi) is required. The right of use fees for specific days are paid at the Eräluvat webshop (eraluvat.fi).
- Damaging soil or rock, and extraction of earth material or minerals.
- Killing, catching or disturbing wild vertebrates, or damaging their nests.
- Catching or collecting invertebrates.
- Driving motor vehicles, except on roads designated for motor vehicles.
- Leaving waste in the area, or damaging structures.
- Covering, changing, damaging, removing, violating or excavating in archaeological sites.
- Activities that disturb other people.
Rules and Regulations for Liesjärvi
The rules and regulations of Liesjärvi National Park (in Finnish, pdf, 329 Kb, julkaisut.metsa.fi), ratified on 28 June 2010.
It is important that you get as much information as possible about your hiking destination in advance and prepare for your trip thoroughly. Knowing your route and sticking to it and knowing what the weather and warnings in effect (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) has in store, will help make your trip a success.
- Because the park does not have a café or a shop, food and drink are always good to take with you. There are drinking water points in the park.
- Although duckboards have been laid across the wettest areas, rubber boots or waterproof hiking boots are good to take with you during rainy times.
- Dress for hiking in colorful clothes and according to the weather. Toilet paper are good to have along.
- Make sure you pack a first-aid kit. If you face an emergency on your hike, e.g. get lost, get injured or observe wildfire, call 112 and report an emergency. More information on how to act in an emergency.
- Mobile telephones work quite well in Liesjärvi National Park, except in some areas in the park where cliffs or forest block signals. Read more about mobile phone coverage. (112.fi).
- Hiking in Finland
- Before your trip see also page What is New.
Check for Warnings
When forest and grass fire warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) 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.
112 Emergency Number
If you have an emergency during your trip, such as getting lost, injured or finding a wildfire, call 112. Read more detailed emergency instructions.
Download the 112 Finland application (112.fi) to your phone. When an emergency call is made through the 112 Finland application, the emergency center attendant is automatically informed of the caller's location.
It is recommended to keep the mobile phone warm and to bring extra food and water with you. There are many excursion locations with no mobile coverage and some mobile phones does not work in sub-zero temperatures, that is why it is always a good idea to let someone know about your itinerary and timetable.
Game and Fisheries Wardens supervising nature destinations
Wilderness supervision (eräluvat.fi) offers services and education for the benefit of Finnish nature. A Game and Fisheries Warden is responsible for supervising the legality and authorisation of operations and the use of nature in state-owned areas.
If you witness or suspect a violation, you can report your observations to the warden (eräluvat.fi). Although we would like for you to leave your contact details when filing a report, you may also file a report anonymously.