Mikonsaari Canoe Route, Lappeenranta
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Melonta LappeenrantaPhoto: Jani Hotakainen
Start canoeing via Karhusaari Island, continue beneath Mikonsaari Bridge – and visit Marjola, if you like. Canoe along the northern side of Mikonsaari Island to Kivisalmi, from where return, via Karhusaari Island, to the Myllysaari canoe shed. The landing sites are on the islands of Mikonsaari and Karhusaari, as well as at Marjola. There is a beach in Kivisalmi, which you can visit by canoe. Canoeists must stay on the sides of the beach, to avoid disturbing the swimmers. Allow a minimum of three hours for the excursion. The distance is about 16 km.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR SAFETY! Lappeenranta Harbour is very busy with boats and cruisers. Cargo ships operate along a deep-water route from Saimaa Canal to mills that are located by Lake Saimaa. Canoeists must give way to other vessels and stay away from the ship routes, keeping close to the shores. Watch out for the waves from large vessels!
It is safest to move in a group if you do not know the terrain or the water area. Before the excursion, it is advisable to acquire the necessary maps and guides and check the weather forecast. Wear sturdy footwear and clothes that suit the weather. It is recommended that you take first aid equipment, rainwear, a spare set of clothes, as well as enough drinks with you, particularly in the summer. Remember to wear a floating vest when boating.
In wet weather and in winter, duckboards, rocks and piers can be slippery.
In an emergency, dial the number 112. Report your location, what has happened and listen to the instructions.
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Tips and hintsSuomen Latu Outdoor Association
There is no public transport to the starting point of the route to Lappeenranta's Myllysaari.
The nearest local transport stop is at the Central Hospital, which is about 1 km from Myllysaari.
You can also start the canoeing route from elsewhere along the route.
You can arrive to Lappeenranta by bus or by train.
You can check the train schedules on the VR website and the schedules of long-distance busses on the Matkahuolto website.
There are paid parking spaces for longer parking in the Lappeenranta Travel Center area, as well as free parking spaces for temporary parking.
When you come to Myllysaari, you will find plenty of parking space. Also nearby is a sandy field available for parking.
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