What can one do in Ruostejärvi?
Walk on Marked Trails
There are numerous hiking trails in the area of varying lengths. The recreation area's trails are quite short and easy to travel and thus suited for families with children and the disabled. For those who want to set off on longer hikes there are connecting trails to, for example, the nearby national parks.
Go Wilderness Trekking
From Ruostejärvi Recreation Area visitors can get onto the Ilvesreitti Trail Network (www.hameenvirkistysalueyhdistys.fi, in Finnish) which leads for example to Liesjärvi National Park (about 4 km away), Folk Park of Saari (about 15 km away) and the edge of Torronsuo National Park (about 5 km away). The Ilvesreitti Trail Network consists of over 200 km of trails in the Häme Lake Uplands. Visitors may stay overnight by the trail in tents, lean-to shelters, Lapp pole tents or at paid for lodging.
See the Nature Centre
Häme Nature Centre offers information about the nature and landscape of the Häme Lake Uplands and the near by national parks.
Walk on Nature Trail
There are two nature trails in the vicinity of Häme Nature Centre; Muurahaispolku Trail (0.5 km) and Meidän Metsä Trail (2.5 km).
Ski Cross-country on Maintained Trails and off Trails
The municipality of Tammela maintains ski trail in the terrain and on the lake ice when snow conditions permit. The ski trails are accessible from the sports institute. Additionally visitors are welcome to ski off-trails in the terrain and on the lake ice. We ask that you note that currents and flowing water weaken ice and current points may alter during winter.
The recreation area is located by Härkätie Road cycling route. The historic and peaceful Härkätie Road is ideal for cycling. For further information on the cycling route see the Häme Lake Uplands outdoor map (www.hameenvirkistysalueyhdistys.fi, in Finnish). Always stay on clearly visible tracks and pay attention to other hikers.
Go Horseback Riding
From the Häme Nature Centre's grounds there are several riding trails which head west. They are marked on the Häme Lake Uplands outdoor map (www.hameenvirkistysalueyhdistys.fi, in Finnish).
Go on Guided Group Tour at the Nature Centre and Outdoors
For a fee groups can reserve a guided tour of the exhibition area in Häme Nature Centre. All guided tours must be reserved in advance.
Go Berry and Mushroom Picking
Picking berries and mushrooms is allowed in Ruostejärvi Recreation Area. The most common berries found in the area are the lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), the blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) and the bog bilberry (Vaccinium uliginosum) which are all abundant in the area's forests. The most common edible mushrooms are different sorts of Boletaceae and milk-caps (Lactarius) as well as trumpet chanterelles (Cantharellus tubaeformis), sheep polypores (Albatrellus ovinus), black chanterelles (Craterellus cornucopioides), Russula decolorans, and hedgehog mushrooms (Hydnum repandum).
There us a very popular sandy beach on the eastern shore of Lake Ruostejärvi in the vicinity of the nature centre. The lakes clear waters and shallow shore makes it an ideal swimming spot for children. There are dressing booths and a dry toilet on the beach and the cafe at Häme Nature Centre is only 100 metres away. The beach at Lake Ruostejärvi is owned by the municipality of Forssa and it is an official beach. The beach is not supervised, but the water quality is tested regularly.
There is also a beach suited for swimming at Myllylahti Bay with no services offered. Myllylahti is not an official beach.
Hook-and-line fishing and ice fishing is permitted at Lake Ruostejärvi under Everyman's Rights (www.environment.fi). Lure fishing is permitted with fisheries management permit (www.eräluvat.fi). Fisheries management permits may also be purchased on the Metsähallitus Eräluvat web shop (verkkokauppa.eraluvat.fi). Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).