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Lemmenjoki National Park 1562

Lemmenjoki is Finland's largest national park. In addition to the main park area, the national park contains extensive wilderness areas that lie primarily on the north and south side of Lemmenjoki River. Most of the waters in the permit area are situated in the main park section and the wilderness on the north side of the river. The permit area contains both running waters and small lakes. The area includes tributaries of Lemmenjoki, including Máttit Ravadas and Searitjoki, and the headwaters of the Rivers Vaskojoki and Postijoki, among other destinations. 

Grayling is a popular catch at Lemmenjoki, but trout can also be caught in the area's lakes. In addition to grayling and trout, pike and perch are also commonly found. The lakes and ponds near the wilderness cottage of Vaskolompolo are home to especially sizable grayling.

Lemmenjoki National Park

Recreational fishing (angling)
Calendar year. The river and stream waters are protected between 1 September and 30 November, so fishing is prohibited during that time.
Casting, Trolling, Fly fishing
Grayling, Trout, Whitefish, Perch, Pike
Natural fish stock
Campfire site, Cottage

Purchasing a permit

The need for an angling permit depends on the type of waters and the number of rods and lures being used. Read more in the When do you need a permit? section of the permit terms.

In this angling permit area, the customer can choose between a validity period of 24 hours or 7 days. The angling permit prices are as follows:

Permit validity Permit price
24 hours 10 €
7 days 35 €

Anglers under 18 years of age pay half price.

Anglers under 15 years of age who are fishing with an adult can fish under the adult's angling permit with the same catch quota. In other words, they do not require a separate angling permit. A minor under 15 years of age who is fishing alone can obtain a free one-week permit from the Eräluvat online store. The permit terms for paid permits also apply to free permits.

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/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 4 PM.

 

Permit terms

Permit terms for the area

Calendar year. The river and stream waters are protected between 1 September and 30 November, so fishing is prohibited during that time.

When do you need a permit?

The need for an angling permit depends on the type of waters and the number of rods and lures being used.

A Lemmenjoki National Park angling permit 1562 is needed when you fish

  • with more than one rod
  • in running waters
  • in special still waters where general fishing rights do not apply.

This means that fishing with a lure is permitted in running waters when you purchase an angling permit: simply paying the fisheries management fee does not grant the right to fish with a lure. However, hook and line fishing and ice fishing are prohibited in running waters regardless of whether the person has an angling permit or not.

Fishing with a lure is also permitted in special waters when you purchase an angling permit: simply paying the fisheries management fee does not grant the right to fish with a lure. Angling and ice fishing are permitted in special waters when you purchase an angling permit. Special waters are marked on the PDF map for the angling permit area and as a restricted area in the map window on this page and in the Excursionmap.fi service.

General fishing rights apply in other still waters included in the permit area: you do not need to purchase an angling permit or pay the fisheries management fee for hook and line fishing or ice fishing. Lure fishing with one (1) rod is also permitted in these still water areas for persons who have paid the fisheries management fee or who are under the age of 18 or over 65.

Water areas not included in the angling permit

River Vaskojoki and the stretch of River Lemmenjoki from Ravadasjärvi to Njurkulahti do not belong to the Lemmenjoki permit area.

Fishing in Lemmenjoki River between Njurkulahti and Lake Ravadasjärvi requires the separate angling permit: Juutuanjoki permit 1578.

  • Purchase an angling permit for zone 6, if you fish between Njurkulahti and Ravadasjärvi.
  • Purchase an angling permit for zone 5, if you fish in Vaskojoki river between Lake Vaskojärvi and Kutusuvanto.

The upper reaches of rivers Ivalojoki, Repojoki and Lismajoki belong to the Ivalojoki angling permit area 1567.

Fishing in the Rivers Kietsimäjoki and Inarijoki requires the Tenojoki River fishing permit. 

Disinfection of fishing gear

All fishing gear brought in from outside Inari must be completely dry upon arrival or they must be disinfected at a disinfection station before you start fishing.

If the same fishing gear is used to fish in waters that run into the Arctic Ocean, all of the fishing gear must be disinfected to prevent the spread of the Gyrodactylys salaris parasite.

You can disinfect your fishing gear at the Inari fish harbour and at many tourism companies along Tenojoki River.

Fire making and trash

Making a fire in the main area of the national park is only allowed at designated sites. 

Anglers and hikers are responsible for bringing their own trash and waste back from the wilderness.

The park's regulations must be adhered to at all times. More information on the rules and regulations of the Lemmenjoki National Park may be found at Nationalparks.fi.

Catch quotas and catch reports

Anglers can catch a maximum of three (3) trout or grayling in a 24-hour period. 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:

Species Catch size Protection period
Trout At least 50 cm In rivers and streams 1.9.–30.11. (All fishing in river and stream waters is prohibited 1.9.–30.11.)
Grayling At least 30 cm Grayling do not have a protection period in this permit area, but all fishing in river and stream waters is prohibited 1.9.–30.11.

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

Further information

More information about the Lemmenjoki area and fishing there is available in the following Metsähallitus service points:

You can search for hiking destinations in this area at nationalparks.fi.

More information about disinfection instructions and obligations is available from the Lapland ELY Centre and on the Finnish Food Authority website (ruokavirasto.fi).