Catch-sized trout is planted into the Lipakka region of the Kemijoki River and a part of the main channel of the 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 the Kairijoki River. Large whitefish also migrates into the Kairijoki River from the Kemijoki River.
The destination contains 150 kilometres of river waters suitable for canoeing. The majority of the main channel of the Kairijoki River consists of big and small rapids sections that are ideal for fly fishing. The main channel of the 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.
NOTE: In Kairijoki River area, the Ylimmäinen Vasaoja and Alimmainen Vasaoja lean-to shelters were taken down in summer 2021.
Purchasing a permit
In Korvatunturi angling permit area, the customer can choose between a validity period of 3 hours, 24 hours, 7 days or the entire season. The season permit is only valid in the waters of the Kemijoki River from above Kairinjokisuu to below Uuraojansuu. The prices of angling permits are as follows:
|permit validity||permit price|
|24 hours||12 €|
|7 days||40 €|
|The entire season (valid only in the waters of the Kemijoki)||60 €|
Persons under 18 years of age can buy the angling permit at half price.
Persons under 15 years of age may fish under the angling permit and within the fishing quota of an adult belonging to the same party, without needing to purchase an angling permit of their own.
A family may purchase a family permit, which costs twice as much and has a fishing quota twice as large as an individual angling permit. A family consists of children under 18 years of age and their parents or legal guardians as well as married and common-law couples.
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.
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: Seo Korvatunturi
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.
Exceptions to the fishing period
Fishing in the main channel of the Kairijoki River between Aarto-ojansuu and Ylä-Kairi bridge is only permitted between 1 June and 1 October. This area is marked on the permit area map.
Check the section Catch sizes and protection periods for statutory protection periods.
The Kairijoki River has a fly fishing area where fishing is only permitted with fly fishing tackle. The fly fishing area is divided into two parts. The first part starts at Majavasokka Bridge and ends at Murkinahauta on the border of Vasaköngäs permit area. The second part starts at Järviseljänpalo on the northern border of Vasaköngäs permit area and ends at the lower part of Suksenköngäs. The borders of the permit area are marked in the terrain with blue fly fishing signs.
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.
When do you need an angling permit
Angling permit 3546 is required for lure fishing in Korvatunturi permit area. Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are also prohibited between Aarto-ojansuu and the old Ylä-Kairi bridge. The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY) has issued the decision on restricting general fishing rights.
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.
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).
Only fly fishing without a casting weight is permitted in the fly fishing area.
The maximum number of fish that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:
|permit validity||Maximum catch|
|3 hours||1 trout or grayling|
|24 hours||3 trouts or graylings|
|7 days||3 trouts or graylings per day|
|The entire season||3 trouts or graylings per day|
There is no catch quota limit for other fish species.
The 24-hour catch quota cannot be increased by purchasing several permits for the same 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|
|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. The telephone number is +358 16 841 481 and the website address is www.kairiver.com.
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.
In the winter there is a marked snowmobile track in the area.
Catch-sized trout is planted into the Lipakka region of the Kemijoki River and a part of the main channel of the Kairijoki River stretching from Ylä-Kairi to Saunakoski Rapids.