What's Currently Happening in Repovesi National Park
(Published April 26 2022)
Ketunlossi is back on the water. The Ketunlenkki Trail (3.5 km) is thus available as a cirle trail and a cycling route connection to the rest of Repovesi National Park is in use.
Ketunlossi is a cable ferry that connects the shores of Kapiavesi's Määkijänniemi and Lapinsalmi. The ferry journey takes a few minutes, so during the most popular times, the ferry can become congested and queuing times can be long.
(Updated May 12th 2022)
In this updating text, we will compile current issues for hiking in Repovesi National Park.
There is only the very last traces of snow remaining. Terrain can be pretty wet in some places and that makes paths and duckboards slippery, so be careful! Most places are free of snow already. Lakes are mainly open but water is still very cold.
The spring hail season is challenging. The roads leading to the park are in rather fair condition. Small side roads can be downright unserviceable. The Kuismantie-Valkjärvi forest road is currently unavailable.
(Published April 8th 2022, updated April 22 2022)
The expansion of the Lapinsalmi parking began in April with the removal of trees. Excavator work is currently being carried out in the area. Parking and passage can be directed, but parking is also possible during the extension work. Follow any site instructions such as signs or areas covered with plastic tape.
(Updated 19th March 2022)
All wells in Repovesi National Park are in use. According to research results (2021) water in wells of Repovesi is drinkable and no boiling is required. Water level is low in Määkijä well. You must keep on pumping longer than usual.
Water in wells of Määkijä, Lojukoski and Kuutinkanava may have slight color and odour nuisances. You will find more accurate information on the info boards by the wells. Water in Valkjärvi well has strong color and odour nuisances. At the moment we recommend to take drinking water from other wells.
Remember to wash your dishes and yourself at least 5 metres away from wells and water bodies like lakes!
Reminder for Visitors to Olhava
(Updated 8th July 2021)
Olhava hill is an amazing landscape and also one of Finland's best climbing cliffs.
When you’re at the top of Olhava, remember that there may be people climbing the rock wall below you. NEVER throw anything off the cliff. A rock or any other object dropped or thrown off the top of the cliff may cause irreversible and serious damage!
Lighting Campfires is Forbidden during Forest and Grass Fire Warning
(Updated 12th April 2021)
Grass fire warning can be possible soon after snow has been melted. During forest and grass fire warning fire setting is allowed only in covered camp-fire places with a flue and in the fireplaces of the huts with extra caution. Cooking shelters in Lapinsalmi and Kuutinkanava are open for everyone and fire setting is allowed there. Check the warnings (en.ilmantieteenlaitos.fi).
All Toilets are now Non-composting Toilets
(Published Nov 2 2020)
All toilets in Repovesi national park there are non-composting which don't have to be emptied so frequently. The content is used for soil improvement. Visitors should bear in mind two factors so that the toilets will have good ventilation and the smell will be minimized:
1) Please, close the toilet lid when you leave
2) Don't put anything else than toilet paper in the toilet, not even biodegradable waste
Respect Privacy of Summer cottages
(Updated June 1 2020)
Please bear in mind that there are several privately owned summer cottages in and nearby Repovesi National Park. If possible, keep a distance of least 50 metres from the beaches belonging to these summer cottages. This way everyone can enjoy the magnificent views of the lake in peace.
In the map, the private beaches belonging to summer cottages have been marked in red. Map (pdf, 6 Mb, julkaisut.metsa.fi).
News in Repovesi
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.