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.
In addition to canoeing, you can try also other activities such as fishing and swimming in the stunning sandy and rocky beaches.
In case of emergency, call 112 and report an emergency.
Tips, hints and links
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.
Lentiirantie 2172, 88900 Kuhmo (161 m)
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Lentiirantie 2172, 88900 Kuhmo
The starting point of the route is located along the Kuhmo-Vartius road, near the bridge of the River Isojoki, address Lentiirantie 2172, 88900 Kuhmo. The ramp allows you to reverse the trailer to the shore and you can leave the car at a stopping place next to the starting point. The canoeing route starts by going under the bridge to the west and follows the river to lake Lentua. Upon coming to Lentua and traveling the route counter-clockwise, follow the Syväniemi shore to the northwest towards Multisaari island. Continue on the side of Multisaari towards Kotasaari island, where the route turns back to the west. There is about 4.5 kilometers canoeing to Kotasaari and the lean-to shelter in the bay offers a great place for a break. At the end of Kotasaari there is a narrow riverbed. After Kotasaari, the route opens on lake Lentua and continues west towards Lehtosaari islands and wilderness hut, where you can also stay overnight. There can be windy at the lake, so if necessary take advantage of the wind protection provided by Tynisaari or Varissalo. The main attraction of the Lehtosaari wilderness hut is the traditional sauna on the beach. In high winds from the south or southwest, you can return the entry route back to the starting point. After the break route continues, if the winds allow, to the south and turn to the east after Varisniemi following the shores of Varissalo island. After about 6 kilometers of canoeing, Honkisaari island has an old covered drying barn (not equipped as a wilderness hut) and campfire site for a short break. The remaining part of the route continues to the east. You can bypass the Varpusaari island either south or north side. After Varpusaari route continues towards the Isojoki River and the starting point.
all notes on protected areas
Lentua Nature Reserve cannot be reached by public transportation. There are buses traveling on the main roads that will take you close to the Lentua Nature Reserve. For timetables, please visit the Matkahuolto website.
Arriving from the south, the Isojoki River starting point is about 22 kilometers north towards the Kuhmo-Vartius road (912) from the Kuhmo city center.
Arriving from the north, the Isojoki River starting point is about 19 kilometers south towards the Kuhmo-Vartius road (912) from the Lentiira village.
When using the navigator, enter Lentiirantie 2172, 88900 Kuhmo as the address.
The starting point of the route is located along the Kuhmo-Vartius road, near the bridge of the River Isojoki.
Exact address Lentiirantie 2172, 88900 Kuhmo.
The car can be parked at a stopping place next to the launch pad.