What's Currently Happening in Repovesi National Park

4.8.2022
The Kivisilmäntie road leading to Tervajärvi Parking Area is closed 15.8.–15.10.2022. During the construction, arrival to Repovesi National Park will only be possible via the Saarijärvi and Lapinsalmi Parking Areas. Read more.

Tervajärvi Parking Area out of use 15.8.–15.10.2022
Current Hiking Conditions
Part of Rental Properties will be Transferred to Eräluvat Online Store
Be Prepared for Crowded Parking Areas
The Wells of Repovesi are in Use
Lighting Campfires is Forbidden during Forest and Grass Fire Warning
Using The Non-composting Toilets

The road leading to Tervajärvi Parking Area out of use 15.8.–15.10. – use Saarijärvi and Lapinsalmi Parking Areas instead

(Updated 4th of August 2022)
 
The Kivisilmäntie road leading to the Tervajärvi parking area is closed from August 15 to October 15, due to a construction work on the Hirvenpäänjoki bridge. During the bridge construction, arrival to Repovesi National Park will only be possible via the Saarijärvi and Lapinsalmi parking areas. If you go on a hike before the construction work starts, please leave your car at the Saarijärvi or Lapinsalmi parking area.
 
Infographic and map about the parking areas of Repovesi National Park.

For property owners whose access to their property is interrupted due to the construction work, an alternative driving route subject to permission has been organized. The detour runs from Voikoski in the north along the main road of Repovesi National Park (Kuismantie road), through the Saarijärvi and Tervajärvi gates. Please apply for a driving permit for the main road of Repovesi National Park well in advance from the road manager of Metsähallitus:

Please note, that the speed limit on the National Park roads is 30 km/h and must be followed. Pedestrians and, for example, mountain bikers also move on the road. The driving permit is strictly personal and only applies to the use of the main road from the Saarijärvi gate to the Tervajärvi gate. Otherwise driving in the National Park and parking along the main road are prohibited.

 

Prepare for Crowded Parking Areas 

(Published May 25th 2022, Updated 4th of August 2022)

The Kivisilmäntie road leading to the Tervajärvi parking area is closed from August 15 to October 15, due to a construction work on the Hirvenpäänjoki bridge. During the bridge construction, arrival to Repovesi National Park will only be possible via the Saarijärvi and Lapinsalmi parking areas. If you go on a hike before the construction work starts, please leave your car at the Saarijärvi or Lapinsalmi parking area. Read more.

Expansion work at Lapinsalmi parking area is still going on. At the moment 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. After the work is finished, number of parking places will grow from 200 to 300.

The parking areas my be very congested during the hiking season, especially at the Lapinsalmi entrance. The busiest time is between 10 am and 2 pm on weekends and when the weather is good. 

Ensure smooth and safe movement when you park:
Emergency vehicles must have access to all parts of the area
. Do not block any routes into the park. The emergency access road must always remain open.
Don’t take up extra space: park in an organised manner and close together.

The Saarijärvi parking area in the north (and the Tervajärvi parking area in the south while in use) are usually less crowded than Lapinsalmi.

In Lapinsalmi, you can also park your car on the right side of Riippusillantie road (when viewed from Lapinsalmi). Riippusillantie is approximately 800 metres long. Parking is not permitted on Tihvetniementie road. Also note that the speed limit on Tihvetniementie is 40 km/h and driveways of cottages on the road must always remain open.  The area is monitored by the police.

If you have to park on the roadside, park on the right so that other vehicles can drive past. Do not park on curves or hills, because a lack of visibility can cause dangerous situations.

 

Part of Rental Properties will be Transferred to the Eräluvat Online Store


(Updated August 30th 2022)
All the rental campfire huts (Määkijä, Lojukoski, Karhulahti and Mustavuori), the Valkjärvi Rental Camp Area and the Tolosentalo  will be transferred to Metsähallitus' own online store and web site in autumn 2022. You now find them at nationalparks.fi. The reservation calendar for November-December 2022 and 2023 will be October 1st 2022 at Eräluvat webshop.

Tervarumpu Oy's rental cabins, i.e. Kuutinkämppä, Pihkapirtti and Savottakämppä, can be rented through the company's own website (tervarumpu.fi/en).

 

Current Hiking Conditions
(Updated June 10th 2022)

In this updating text, we will compile current issues for hiking in Repovesi National Park. 

The season of forest and grass fire warnings has begun. Therefore, always check the warnings before going on a trip (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/warnings).

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. 

 

Wells of Repovesi are in Use

(Updated 19th August  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).

What`s allowed - what`s forbidden.


All Toilets are Non-composting Toilets

(Published Nov 2 2020, edited May 25 2022)

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. 

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