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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 hut of Vaskolompolo are home to especially sizable grayling.

Lemmenjoki National Park

Recreational fishing (angling)
Calendar year. In rivers and streams all fishing is prohibited between 1 September and 30 November.
Casting, Trolling, Fly fishing
Grayling, Trout, Whitefish, Perch, Pike
Natural fish stock
Campfire site, Cottage

Purchasing a permit

The need for an angling permit is determined by the type of waters and the number of rods and lures you intend to use. Read more in the When do you need an angling permit section of the permit terms.

In this angling permit area, the customer can choose between a 24-hour or 7-day permit. The prices of angling permits are as follows:

Permit validity Permit price
24 hours 10 €
7 days 40 €

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/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.

 

Saariselkä: Urho Kekkonen National Park Customer Service Kiehinen (nationalparks.fi)
Ivalo: Ivalon Eräsoppi (hiking and camping store)
Ivalo: Ivalo Customer Service (nationalparks.fi)
Inari: Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida (nationalparks.fi)
Lemmenjoki: Lemmenjoen lomamajat (accommodation and tourism services)
Hetta: Fell Lapland Visitor Centre (nationalparks.fi)

 

Permit terms

Permit terms for the area

Calendar year. In rivers and streams all fishing is prohibited between 1 September and 30 November.

When do you need an angling permit?

The need for an angling permit is determined by the type of waters and the number of rods and lures you intend to use.

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

  • with more than one rod,
  • in running waters or
  • 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 that are not included in this angling permit

River Vaskojoki (downstream from Lake Vaskojärvi) and the stretch of River Lemmenjoki from Ravadasjärvi to Njurkulahti do not belong to the angling permit area Lemmenjoki National Park 1562.

Parts of a different angling permit area, called Juutuanjoki 1578, are located in Lemmenjoki National Park. This permit area is divided into zones. To fish in these areas, you need to purchase

  • an angling permit for zone 6, if you fish between Njurkulahti and Ravadasjärvi.
  • 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 angling permit area Ivalojoki 1567, zone 3.

Fishing in the Rivers Kietsimäjoki and Inarijoki requires the Teno (Tana) River fishing permit (tenonkalaluvat.fi).

Fishing gear, bait and waste

In the municipalities of Upper Lapland (incl. the Lemmenjoki National Park angling permit area) it is prohibited to use bait fish when hook and line fishing, ice fishing or lure fishing. This is to prevent the spread of the Gyrodactylys salaris parasite. To prevent the spread of other parasites, it is recommended to bury the waste after gutting the fish you have caught.

To prevent the spread of the Gyrodactylys salaris parasite, all fishing gear brought in from outside Lemmenjoki National Park angling permit area must be completely dry upon arrival or they must be disinfected at a disinfection station before you start fishing. You can disinfect your fishing gear at Inari fish harbour and in the facilities of many tourism companies along the Tana River.

These actions to stop the Gyrodactylys salaris parasite are based on the decree by the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Making fire and disposing 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 back from the wilderness. Do not leave any trash in the national park.

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

An angler is allowed to catch a maximum of three (3) trout or grayling within 24 hours. There is no catch 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 Sept–30 Nov. (All fishing in rivers and streams is prohibited 1 Sept–30 Nov)
Grayling At least 30 cm Grayling does not have a protection period in this permit area, but all fishing in rivers and streams is prohibited 1 Sept–30 Nov.

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

Water temperature has a significant impact on the survival of salmonids after they are released. When water temperatures approach +20 °C, you should use judgement before you decide to fish for salmonids. In waters warmer than this, fishing for salmonids should be avoided. In such situations, it is advisable to focus on species that are more resistant to heat, such as zander, pike and perch. See guidelines for responsible fishing.

Further information

More information about the Lemmenjoki area and fishing is provided by following Metsähallitus service points:

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

More information about the Gyrodactylys salaris parasite and how to prevent spreading it: Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in Lapland and Finnish Food Authority (ruokavirasto.fi).