The River Kaartjoki winds through forest landscapes and is suitable for beginners and nature enthusiasts.
The Kaartjoki paddling route is located in western Loppi and is approximately 11 km long. Located at the southern end of Lake Kaartjärvi, the Sähkönokka boat landing site is an excellent starting point for an adventure on the River Kaartjoki. After approximately twenty minutes of paddling, you can easily distinguish the mouth of the River Kaartjoki among the reeds as a spar buoy marks the right way. River flows calmly in the deep of the forest, zigzagging past interesting locations such as the Kurtlamminmäki Lapp hut where you can enjoy a packed lunch in a stunning beach environment. When approaching the route’s end point at the Kalamylly angling site, arable sceneries take over the forest, and paddlers enter an atmospheric cultural landscape marked by pastureland.
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The route can be paddled in approximately 4 hours, and its level is easy. The paddling route is easy to follow using the DigiTrail app.
Safety informationThe Kaartjoki paddling route is well-suited for beginners. As the river is naturally sheltered from the wind, it can be paddled even in strong winds. It is advisable to reserve approximately a day journey’s time for Paddling the Kaartjoki route. The route is not recommended to be paddled upstream. However, a short round trip from Lake Kaartjärvi to Lake Kaartlammi along the River Kaartjoki is suitable for families, for example, and has the atmosphere of wilderness paddling. In dry periods, the lowered water level and trees that have fallen across the river may hamper paddling in some sections.
Tips and hints
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START AND END POINTS:
Sähkönokka boat landing site (Lake Kaartjärvi), Räyskäläntie 682, 12820 Räyskälä (Loppi), 60.734329, 24.161993
Kalamylly, Tarvontie 1, 12920 Topeno (Loppi) 60.802607, 24.616444
The route starts at the Sähkönokka boat landing site. From Road 54, turn to Rautakoskentie Road (2832) towards Räyskälä. Follow the road for approx. 6.4 km and turn right to Räyskäläntie Road. You will see the sign of Sähkönokka boat landing site on your right after approx. 2 km.
Sähkönokka boat landing site facilities include a parking area, a swimming dock, a changing room, a toilet and a campfire site.
At the Kalamylly parking area, paddlers are requested to park their cars on the left side.