Catch-sized trout is planted into the Lipakka region of Kemijoki River and a part of the main channel of Kairijoki River stretching from Ylä-Kairi to Saunakoski Rapids. The rest of the destination is reserved for catching wild fish. Most of the fish plantings are conducted in the main channel of Kairijoki River. Large whitefish also migrates into Kairijoki River from Kemijoki River.
The destination contains 150 kilometres of river waters suitable for canoeing. The majority of the main channel of Kairijoki River consists of big and small rapids sections that are ideal for fly fishing. The main channel of Kemijoki River alternates between small and mild rapids and fast-flowing yet level sections that are also great for casting. The fishing and canoeing sections of this wilderness destination are located within reach of the road network. The side streams are home to naturally breeding populations of brown trout and brook trout.
Purchasing a permit
- €10 / 3 h
- €12 / day
- €40 / week
- €60 / season
NOTE! The season permit is only valid in the waters of the Kemijoki River from above Kairinjokisuu to below Uuraojansuu.
All persons under 18 years of age receive a 50% discount on the permits and persons under 15 years of age are allowed to share the same fishing quota, with permission from their parent or legal guardian. The family permit costs twice as much and its fishing quota is twice as large.
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.
With the Eräluvat app, you can purchase angling permits easily and quickly. You can pay with a debit or credit card. Read the instructions for using the app.
As of 1 January 2020, mobile permits are no longer available. This is due to mobile network operator’s decision not to provide the current service anymore.
Savukoski: Kairijoki Wilderness Centre
Savukoski: Hotel Samperin Savotta
Savukoski: Tulppion Majat / Samperi Oy
Permit terms for the areaIn the main channel of Kairijoki River between Aarto-ojansuu and Ylä-Kairi Bridge: 1.6–1.10. Fishing period in the rest of the Korvatunturi area: calendar year. Trout fishing is prohibited between 1.9.–30.11.
- Each angler may use one rod or line, which must remain within the angler's reach at all times.
- There is a fly fishing area that stretches from the Majavasokka (Kairiver) Bridge to the lower section of Suksenköngäs where one can only fish using fly fishing tackle (fly without casting weight). This area does not contain the separate permit area of Vasaköngäs.
- 400 metres below the Kairiver Bridge there is an area, a so-called children's pool, where fishing is only allowed to anglers under 15 years of age.
- In the vicinity of the rental cabins one must avoid causing unnecessary harm or disturbance to the persons renting the cabin.
Catch quotas and catch reports
|3 hour permit||1 salmonid|
|Day permit||3 salmonids|
|Week permit||3 samonids / day|
|Season permit||3 salmonids / day|
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||At least 50 cm||1.9.–30.11.|
|Grayling||At least 30 cm, in the main channel of Kairijoki River at least 35 cm||No protection period in this permit area|
Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.
Services in the area
The area has lean-to shelters, huts, cooking shelters, campfire sites and boat launches. For information on the area's lodging, restaurant and other services, contact the Kairiver Wilderness Centre tel. +358 16 841 481.
In the winter there is a marked snowmobile track in the area.
NOTE! Some of the less used service sites have been removed. There are no garbage collection points at the sites and people should bring their garbage to the garbage container near the bridge leading to the Kairiver Wilderness Centre.
Catch-sized trout is planted into the Lipakka region of Kemijoki River and a part of the main channel of Kairijoki River stretching from Ylä-Kairi to Saunakoski Rapids.