This easy canoeing route in Lentua Nature Reserve introduces the visitor to the largest unregulated lake in Kuhmo as well as rugged, wilderness-like nature.
Lake Lentua area offers excellent opportunities for shorter and longer trips on the waters and passing the Lentua Nature Reserve this canoeing route is ideal for a day trip destination. Lentua is also familiar to Finns through the Finnish painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela's illustrations based on Finland's national epic, the Kalevala, and the writings of Veikko Huovinen, a popular Finnish author. The wide backwaters, as well as the sheltered sides of the islands, attract visitors to the lake. Natural beaches can be easily reached by canoe or kayak and along the route, there are several campfire sites and wilderness huts. Particularly in the middle of the route, the Lehtosaari wilderness hut, originally built as a fishing lodge and with a sauna, should be included into the excursion. Lake Lentua is part of the main Tervareitti Route between Lake Änättijärvi and Kajaani.
The Kalliojoki Route coming from the east ends in Lentua, so you can easily combine these two routes or you can continue along the so-called Sotkamo Route or Tervareitti Route.