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Kolima-Keitele rapids route 6576

Situated in Viitasaari, the traditional Kolima-Keitele rapids route offers three separate permit areas and diverse fishing experiences. Permits are only available in limited quantities, which means there are enough fishing grounds for everyone. Alternatively, you can reserve the entire rapids for yourself and enjoy the surrounding nature in your own peace and quiet, or together with your friends. The middle section of the route, Kellankoski, is intended only for fly fishers and only barbless hooks are permitted

 

Kolima-Keitele rapids route

Recreational fishing (angling)
1.1–31.8. and 1.12.–31.12.
Fly fishing, Lure fishing
Perch, Grayling, Pike, Landlocked salmon, Whitefish, Trout
Natural fish stock, Fry stocking of natural fish stocks
Campfire site, Lean-to shelter

Purchasing a permit

Angler quotas: Kärnänkoski 6 persons, Kellankoski 5 persons, and Kymönkoski 5 persons.

In Kolima-Keitele rapids route angling permit area, the customer can choose between a validity period of 6 hours, 12 hours or 24 hours.

Permit sales

Permits become available on 11.1.2021 at 9 a.m. Sales period of 2020 continues until 10 th of january 2021.

Individual reservations

Starting from 11.1. for time periods between 11.1. 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 11.1 for time periods between 11.1. 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 25 € At midnight, 6 AM, noon or 6 PM
12 hours 30 € At midnight, 6 AM, noon or 6 PM
24 hours 40 € At 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 as many individual permits as the angler quota allows in the webshop: in Kymönkoski and Kellankoski five and Kärnänkoski six permits. You can reserve the entire rapids for groups of more than five or six 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.

Each of the rapids is reserved separately.

Reserving Kymönkoski or Kellankoski

permit validity permit price validity begins at
6 hours 125 € At midnight, 6 AM, noon or 6 PM
12 hours 150 € At midnight, 6 AM, noon or 6 PM
24 hours 200 € 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, 25, 30 or 40 euros depending on the validity of the permit.

Reserving Kärnänkoski

permit validity permit price validity begins at
6 hours 150 € At midnight, 6 AM, noon or 6 PM
12 hours 180 € At midnight, 6 AM, noon or 6 PM
24 hours 240 € At 6 PM

If the group includes more than six anglers, the price of a permit for each additional person is the same as the price of an individual permit, in other words, 25, 30 or 40 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 4 PM.

 

Permit terms

Permit terms for the area

1.1–31.8. and 1.12.–31.12.

What does the permit entitle the holder to

All fishing in the area requires the Kolima-Keitele angling permit (6576). 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 the permit area of Kolima-Keitele rapids route. 

Fishing gear and bait

An angler may use one (1) rod with one line.

Use of natural bait (worms, shrimp, bait paste, etc.) is prohibited in the angling permit area.

Only traditional fly fishing is allowed in Kellankoski and only barbless hooks are permitted.

Both lure and fly fishing are permitted in the Kärnänkoski and Kymönkoski rapids. 

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 Fish of all sizes 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 35 cm 1.4.–31.5.

Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.

Further information

Services in the area

There are campfire sites and lean-to shelters at the rapids for both anglers and hikers to enjoy. In Kärnänkoski there is also Kärnä, rental hut, which can be booked from Eräluvat webshop.

Fisheries management

Plantings are only done with trout that have had their adipose fin cut off.

Discharge information

Current information on the discharge and water levels in Kellankoski Rapids may be found here (ymparisto.fi, in Finnish).