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Lake Kesänkijärvi 2571

Lake Kesänkijärvi is nestled in the heart of the magnificent Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. The lake is easily accessible and suitable for example for family trips. You can park your car right next to the lake, and all services of Äkäslompolo village are nearby.

Fishing and water management in Kesänkijärvi to change in 2023

Metsähallitus and the Äkäslompolo water area partnership have decided to stop planting rainbow trout at Kesänkijärvi. The planting activities came to a natural end as the delivery agreement of the rainbow trout to Kesänkijärvi ended. The end to the planting activities was also supported by the new official recommendations on species to be planted and the TRIWA Life project that will start in the area. The project’s main target is to improve the habitats of migratory fish in the whole Tornio-Muonionjoki water area and decrease the amount of obstacles to migration. Planting rainbow trout in Kesänkijärvi has required setting up a fish barrier to ensure that the fish stay in the area; now the current fish barrier downriver has come to the end of its useful life. After rainbow trout has been fished out at the site, the fish barrier can be dismantled which will open kilometres of migration routes to the upper course waters of Kesänkijärvi for migratory fish.

The sale of permits for Kesänkijärvi will change on 15 May when the price of the fishing permit will decrease to zero EUR. Even though the permit is free of charge, it has to be obtained before fishing. The ELY Centre has established a valid prohibition on hook-and-line, ice and lure fishing on Kesänkijärvi until 2025. The prohibition means that it is not allowed to fish from the lake without the permission of the owner of the water area.

Lake Kesänkijärvi

Recreational fishing (angling)
Calendar year
Casting, Angling, Fly fishing, Ice fishing, Trolling, Lure fishing
Rainbow trout, Whitefish, Perch
Natural fish stock
Lean-to shelter, Boat launch, Rental boat, Campfire site

Purchasing a permit

Starting from 15 May, the validity of the permit in the joint permit area of Kesänkijärvi is 24 hours. The permit is free of charge but it has to be obtained before fishing. 

permit validity permit price
24 hours 0 €

Where to purchase A permit


You can pay licences using the most common payment methods in the online store (



Metsähallitus' fishing permits may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 3 PM.


Kittilä: Kittilän liikenneasema Oy (service station)
Kolari: Sieppijärven Sähkö-Pekka Ky / Hansport (fishing store)
Äkäslompolo (Kolari): Yllästunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas (


Permit terms

Permit terms for the area

Calendar year

An angler may use at maximum two (2) rods, each one 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 use of an outboard motor for fishing is prohibited (including electric outboard motors). 

Catch quotas

The maximum number of fish that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:

permit validity Maximum catch
3 hours 1 salmonid
24 hours 2 salmonids

There is no catch quota limit for other fish species.

Catch sizes and protection periods

Trout is completely protected in Lake Kesänkijärvi, so all forms of trout must be released back into the water.

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

Further information

Lake Kesänkijärvi is a joint permit area, where the fishing arrangements have been agreed by Metsähallitus and the Äkäslompolo Joint Ownership Association.