Situated in the northeast wilderness of the municipality of Savukoski, the Nuorttijoki River empties into Lake Nuorttijärvi on the Russian side of the border. The fishing area covers all waters of the River on the Finnish side of the border up to the border zone.
Nuorttijoki offers hiking anglers approximately 150 km of pristine river and stream waters for fly fishing and casting. Nuorttijoki is also a great destination for canoeing anglers. Returning from the lower reaches of the river is only possible by coming back upstream.
Purchasing a permit
In Nuorttijoki angling permit area, the customer can choose between a validity period of 3 hours, 24 hours, 7 days or the entire season. The prices of angling permits are as follows:
|permit validity||permit price|
|3 hours||8 €|
|24 hours||10 €|
|7 days||35 €|
|The entire season||50 €|
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 person under 15 years of age who is fishing alone may obtain a free one-week permit from the Eräluvat web shop. 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 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 4 PM.
Savukoski: Kairijoki Wilderness Centre
Savukoski: Hotel Samperin Savotta
Savukoski: Tulppion Majat / Samperi Oy
Permit terms for the areaFor waters within the Urho Kekkonen National Park 1.6.–31.8. For other waters 1.6.–31.12. Trout fishing is prohibited between 1.9.–30.11.
Exceptions to the fishing period
Part of Nuorttijoki angling permit area is located in the Urho Kekkonen National Park, and fishing in these waters is only allowed during the summer months, 1 June – 31 August.
Fishing gear and bait
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).
In Nuorttijoki angling permit area it is absolutely prohibited to use bait fish when hook and line fishing, ice fishing or lure fishing, as per a decree from the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (no. 1376/2004, 31.12.2004).
Boats, canoes and fishing tackle (reels, rods, lures, landing nets, boots, waders, fish cleaning accessories, etc.) brought in from other waterways must be absolutely dry or they must be disinfected at a disinfection station before being used in Nuorttijoki.
Fishing in a national park
Approximately 20 km of the lower section of the river belongs to the Urho Kekkonen National Park. Fishing in these waters is only allowed during the summer months, 1 June – 31 August. The angler must check the special regulations of national parks, among other things regarding restricted areas, landing restrictions and lighting fires. Information on the regulations of national parks can be found at Nationalparks.fi.
Catch quotas and catch reports
The maximum number of salmonids 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.
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.|
At least 30 cm, in the main channel of Nuorttijoki River in the national park 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's services include several lean-to shelters, huts, cooking shelters, unlocked wilderness cabins and reservable cabins as well as the private tourism services provided by Tulppion Majat.
There is also the Nuortti Hiking Trail (40 km) for hikers.