Keihärinkoski is one of Finland's most famed trout rapids. It is situated in the Kivijärvi route and it is the route's first white-water section upstream of Keitele. The rapids' fish stock is managed with the goal of improving the living conditions of the native brown trout population. Catching sizable, naturally spawning trout is still very much possible here. Keihärinkoski is also stocked with trout of different ages that have had their adipose fins cut. In addition, the angler may fish for pike-perch in the final drop of the rapids during the summer.
Only traditional fly fishing is allowed at this destination. For anglers, there are excellent accommodations available near the rapids, so you can come and enjoy a longer stay.
You can check the real-time temperature of the water in Keihärinkoski during the snow-free season in the SensorMonitor service (map.sensormonitor.fi).
Purchasing a permit
Keihärinkoski has an angler quota of five (5) persons.
In Keihärinkoski angling permit area, the customer can choose between a 6-hour, 12-hour or 24-hour permit.
Permits for 2024 become available on 8 January 2024 at 9 a.m.
Starting from 8.1. for time periods between 8.1. and 31.3. you can buy permits from web store or via our customer service number.
Starting from 1.4 for time periods between 1.4. and 31.12. you can buy permits from web store or via our customer service number.
Reservations for the entire rapids
Starting from 8.1 for time periods between 8.1. and 31.3. you can buy permits from web store or via our customer service number. For time periods between 1.4. and 31.12. you can buy permits only via our service number (reservations only for 24 h).
Starting from 1.4. for time periods between 1.4. and 31.12. you can buy permits from web store or via our customer service number.
Individual angling permit
|permit validity||permit price||validity begins at|
|6 hours||20 €||At midnight, 6 AM, noon or 6 PM|
|12 hours||25 €||At midnight, 6 AM, noon or 6 PM|
|24 hours||35 €||At 6 PM|
Reserving the entire rapids
You can reserve the entire rapids by purchasing five individual permits in the webshop. You can reserve the entire rapids for groups of more than five anglers only by calling the Eräluvat phone service.
The names of the people who will participate in the fishing must be provided in conjunction with the permit reservation.
|permit validity||permit price||validity begins at|
|6 hours||100 €||At midnight, 6 AM, noon or 6 PM|
|12 hours||125 €||At midnight, 6 AM, noon or 6 PM|
|24 hours||175 €||At 6 PM|
If the group includes more than five 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.
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.
Permit terms for the area1.1.–31.8. and 1.12.–31.12.
What does the permit entitle the holder to
Keihärinkoski angling permit 6586 is required for lure fishing in the Keihärinkoski 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 the person has an angling permit or not.
The angling permit for Southern Finland 7413 issued by Metsähallitus does not grant the right to fish in the waters of Keihärinkoski permit area.
Fishing gear and bait
Only traditional fly fishing is allowed at this destination. Only barbless hooks and hooks with their barbs carefully flattened are allowed at Keihärinkoski.
Use of natural bait (worms, shrimp, bait paste, etc.) is prohibited in the Keihärinkoski angling permit area.
The size of the catch quota depends on the validity of the permit. The maximum number of fish that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:
|permit validity||Maximum catch|
|6 hours||1 grayling or trout without adipose fin or landlocked salmon|
|12 hours||1 grayling or trout without adipose fin or landlocked salmon|
|24 hours||2 graylings or trouts without adipose fin or landlocked salmons|
There is no fishing quota limit for other fish species.
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|
|Trout with adipose fin||All sizes of fish must be released||Completely protected|
|Trout without adipose fin||At least 50 cm||In rapids and running waters 1.9.–30.11.*|
|Grayling||At least 40 cm||1.4.–31.5.|
|Landlocked salmon||At least 60 cm||In rapids and running waters 1.8.–30.11.|
*During the protection period of trout fishing is not allowed in the permit area.
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
At Keihärinkoski rapids, visitors can stay overnight at the Koskitupa Hostel. For more information, visit www.keiharinkoski.fi or call +358 (0)50 401 4768.
There is a cabin on the shore of Keihärinkoski Rapids, which may be reserved from +358 44 2897797.
The lower section of Keihärinkoski rapids was restored in the autumn of 2020. The habitats and reproductive opportunities of fish and other organisms living in flowing water were improved by adding a gravel spawning bed (70 m2), a rock bed for fry (300 m2) and wood. Flows along the banks were also improved.
Spawn and/or fry stocking of trout and grayling.
The planning and management of fish stocks at Keihärinkoski is conducted using such tools as electrofishing and counting trout spawning spots.
Current information on the discharge and water levels in Lake Muuruejärvi may be found here (ymparisto.fi).
Impact of water temperature on fishing
You can find out the real-time temperature of the water in Keihärinkoski 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.