The Karvionkoski Rapids, roaring between the large route waters of Lake Suvasvesi and Lake Kermajärvi, are 1.5 kilometres of pure angling bliss. Most of the permit area consists of evenly flowing waters, but one can also experience the thrill of white waters by the channel of Karvio. Karvionkoski is 50 km away from Varkaus and 70 km away from Joensuu.
The fish stocks at Karvionkoski are based on both fry stockings and natural reproduction. At Karvionkoski, a lucky angler has the chance to catch a large brown or freshwater trout that has migrated into the lakes.
Protection periods have been implemented to guard the spawning of trout and salmon and the pressure on naturally born migratory fish is reduced by making the release of such fish mandatory.
You can check the real-time temperature of the water in Karvionkoski during the snow-free season in the SensorMonitor service (map.sensormonitor.fi).
Information about fishing permits and regulations in Russian / Инструкция для рыболовов (PDF, 698 kB, opens in a new tab)
Permit area mapOther areas, Heinävesi
Purchasing a permit
Permits for 2023 become available on January 9th at 9 AM.
The Karvionkoski Rapids have an angler quota of eight (8) persons a day. Please make sure beforehand that there is enough licences left.
In Karvionkoski angling permit area, the customer can choose between a 6-hour, 12-hour or 24-hour permit.
Individual angling permit
|validity||permit price||validity begins at|
|6 hours||20 €||Midnight, 6 AM, noon or 6 PM|
|12 hours||25 €||Midnight, 6 AM, noon or 6 PM|
|24 hours||35 €||6 PM|
Persons under 18 years of age pay half price for the angling permit.
Reserving the entire rapids
You can reserve the entire rapids by purchasing eight individual angling permits in the web shop.To reserve the entire rapids for groups of more than eight anglers, you must call the Eräluvat phone service.
The names of the people who will participate in the fishing must be provided in conjunction with the permit reservation.
Price and validity of reserving the entire rapids are as follows:
|validity||permit price||validity begins at|
|6 hours||160 €||Midnight, 6 AM, noon or 6 PM|
|12 hours||200 €||Midnight, 6 AM, noon or 6 PM|
|24 hours||280 €||6 PM|
If the group includes more than eight anglers, the price of a permit for each additional person is the same as the price of an individual permit, in other words, 20, 25 or 35 euros depending on the validity of the permit.
- Buy licence from web store
- Catch reports
Service number 020 69 2424 (Mon–Fri 9 AM–3 PM)
Where to purchase A permit
You can pay licences using the most common payment methods in the online store (verkkokauppa.eraluvat.fi).
Metsähallitus' fishing permits may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 3 PM.
Heinävesi: Neste Karvionkanava (service station)
Permit terms for the area1.1–31.8. and 1.12.–31.12.
What does the permit entitle the holder to
Karvionkoski 7561 angling permit is required for lure fishing in Karvionkoski permit area. Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are prohibited in rapids and running waters where there are migratory fish routes regardless of whether you have an angling permit or not.
Karvionkoski angling permit grants the right for lure fishing with lure, fly or jig.
Angling permit for Southern Finland 7413 issued by Metsähallitus does not entitle you to fish in the waters of Karvionkoski angling permit area.
Fishing gear and bait
An angler may use one (1) rod with a single line. The rod must be held in the angler’s hand or be within reach at all times (no more than 2 metres away). The rod may not be left alone for fishing.
When trolling from a rowboat, an angler may use at maximum of two (2) rods, each one with a single line.
A lure can have a maximum of three hooks, in other words,
Only barbless hooks are permitted.
The use of bait paste, silicone balls or natural baits, such as grubs, worms, shrimp or bait fish, is prohibited.
Fishing from a boat is only permitted in the areas above and below the rapids designated on the map. However, fishing from a motorboat is prohibited even in these areas.
The maximum number of fish that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:
|permit validity||Maximum catch|
|6 hours||1 salmonid without adipose fin|
|12 hours||1 salmonid without adipose fin|
|24 hours||2 salmonids without adipose fin of which 1 may be landlocked salmon without adipose fin|
In this quota table, salmonid means brown trout and landlocked salmon. There is no fishing quota limit for other fish species.
The 24-hour catch quota cannot be increasing by purchasing several permits for the same 24-hour period. For example, three 6-hour permits does not entitle the permit holder to catch three brown trout within a 24-hour period.
Catch sizes and protection periods
The following catch sizes and protection periods for fish species are in effect for this permit area:
|Fish species||Catch size||Protection period|
|Landlocked salmon with adipose fin||All sizes of fish must be released||Protected throughout the year|
|Brown trout with adipose fin||All sizes of fish must be released||Protected throughout the year|
|Landlocked salmon without adipose fin||At least 60 cm||1.8.–30.11.|
|Brown trout without adipose fin||At least 60 cm||1.9.–30.11.|
|Char||At least 60 cm||1.9.–30.11.|
|Grayling||At least 35 cm||1.4.–31.5.|
|Pike-perch||At least 45 cm||No protection period|
Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.
Water temperature has a significant impact on the survival of salmonids after they are released. When water temperatures approach +20 °C, you should use judgement before you decide to fish for salmonids. In waters warmer than this, fishing for salmonids should be avoided. In such situations, it is advisable to focus on species that are more resistant to heat, such as zander, pike and perch. See guidelines for responsible fishing.
Services in the area
There is a campfire site and a boat launch ramp nearby. There is also a camping area, holiday resort, service station, general store and restaurants in the area.
Brown trout fry are stocked in Karvionkoski. All stocked trout older than one year have had their adipose fins cut.
Gravel spawning pits have been built at the top of the rapids in the spring of 2016.
Current information on the water discharge levels at Karvionkoski may be found here (ymparisto.fi, in Finnish).
Impact of water temperature on fishing
You can find out the real-time temperature of the water in Karvionkoski during the snow-free season in the SensorMonitor service (map.sensormonitor.fi). Read the Guidelines for responsible fishing to know more about how you can take high temperatures into account when fishing. On this site you can also find information on possible suspensions of licence sales as temperatures rise.