The Kalliojoki canoeing route, which starts from the Iso-Palonen nature reserve, is a river and lake route that offers great wilderness experiences, where smaller rapids follow one another.
The Kalliojoki canoeing route strings together a wonderful combination of river rapids and lakes in Kuhmo. Just outside the eastern border of the Iso-Palonen nature reserve, at the western end of Lake Iso-Palonen, the Kalliojoki canoe route runs through 16 samller rapids ending in Lentua. From here the water route connection continues either as the so-called Sotkamo route (Sotkamon reitti) or Tar route (Tervareitti). The trail is an all-summer canoeing trail with easy rapids and stream as well as lake sections. The river sections between the lakes of the trail are short and the rapids follow one after another. The hight difference between the starting point at Iso-Palonen and the end at Lentua is 21 meters. The route runs almost all the way through uninhabited wilderness area. Only the small village Kauronkylä and the region around Kattilakoski are somewhat inhabited. There are several lean-tos and campfire sites along the route to take breaks.
The waterways of the route are part of the water connection between the Gulf of Bothnia and the White Sea, which has been in use since prehistoric times.
If you want to paddle even further, you can combine the route with the Lentua canoeing route or paddle to Kuhmo on the Tar route (Tervareitti).
The Iso-Palonen - Maariansärkät Nature Reserve is located in the northeastern part of Kuhmo near the Russian border.
The parking areas are Matokangas parking area on the west side of Iso-Palonen and Valkeiskangas parking area on the northeast side of Iso-Palonen.
The parking areas have signboards in Finnish, English and Russian.