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Peurajärvi Fishing area 7510

The versatile fishing waters of Peurajärvi are situated on the border of Nurmes and Sotkamo and offer a wide variety of options for all sorts of anglers. In the clear waters of Lake Iso-Valkeinen one can catch rainbow trout that is planted into the lake fully grown. The other waters in the area offer pike-perch, perch, pike and whitefish. Lake Urtti-Valkeinen is the area's specialty destination that is reserved solely for torch fishing and harpoon fishing during the open water season.

The comprehensive services available at Peurajärvi ensure an enjoyable fishing trip or cottage holiday with activities such as hiking, berry picking and even hunting. The most enthusiastic nature lovers should also pay a visit to Hiidenportti National Park, which is a hiking distance away from Peurajärvi.

Experience the fascinating and exhilarating atmosphere of torch fishing or relax while catching rainbow trout in the clear fishing waters of Peurajärvi!

Peurajärvi Fishing area

Recreational fishing (angling)
Calendar year. Fishing at Peurajärvi is not allowed between 06/06 00:00 and 08/06 15:00 (Angling Day 2024).
Ice fishing, Casting, Gigging
Rainbow trout, Whitefish, Pike, Pike-perch, Perch
Natural fish stock, Fry stocking of natural fish stocks, Catch size fish stocking
Campfire hut, Campfire site, Lean-to shelter, Rental boat, Own boat, Cottage

Purchasing a permit

In Peurajärvi angling permit area, the customer can choose between a 3-hour or 24-hour permit. The prices for angling permits are as follows:

permit validity permit price
3 hours 15 €
24 hours 25 €

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 (



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.



Nurmes: Konesola Ky
Kuhmo: Pääkkönen & Piirainen
Kuhmo: Huoltamo Kuksa Oy

Permit terms

Permit terms for the area

Calendar year. Fishing at Peurajärvi is not allowed between 06/06 00:00 and 08/06 15:00 (Angling Day 2024).

What does the permit entitle the holder to

Peurajärvi 7510 angling permit grants the right to lure fishing (lure, fly, jig), hook and line fishing and ice fishing. 

General fishing rights do not apply in Lakes Iso-Valkeinen and Urtti-Valkeinen. This means that it is prohibited to fish there with a lure under a fisheries management fee as well as fish with a rod and line (hook and line fishing), and through a hole in the ice in wintertime (ice fishing), unless you have purchased an angling permit 7510. The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY) has issued the decision on restricting general fishing rights.

General fishing rights apply to other waters in Peurajärvi angling permit area. This means that you do not need to pay the fisheries management fee or purchase an angling permit for hook and line fishing or ice fishing with one rod in these pond and lake waters. Lure fishing with one (1) rod is also permitted in these pond and lake waters for who have paid the fisheries management fee or who are under 18 years of age, over 70 years of age or have reached the age of 65 or more by 31 December 2023.

The angling permit for Southern Finland (7413) grants the right to fish in the other waters of Peurajärvi angling permit area except Lakes Iso-Valkeinen and Urtti-Valkeinen.

Fishing gear and bait

During open water season, an angler may use one (1) rod with one line. The rod must be in the angler’s hand or within reach at all times (no more than two metres away). The rod may not be left alone for fishing. When trolling from a rowboat, an angler may use at maximum two (2) rods, each one with a single line.

When fishing from the ice, one angler can use at maximum two (2) rods, each one with a single line. One of these may be a passive rod (left alone for fishing). The passive rod may be no more than 10 metres away from the angler. To fish from the ice with one active and one passive rod, an angler aged between 18 and 64 years must pay the fisheries management fee. Fishers who have reached the age of 65 or more by 31 December 2023 are an exception: they do not have to pay the fisheries management fee.

Torch fishing, bowfishing, harpooning and scuba fishing is the only allowed fishing methods at Lake Urtti-Valkeinen during the open water season. In the winter season the lake is reserved for ice fishing. Other forms of fishing are prohibited. 

Torch fishing, bowfishing, harpooning and scuba fishing are prohibited in Lake Iso-Valkeinen.

All natural baits (worms, grubs, bait paste, etc.) and artificial lures are allowed at Lake Iso-Valkeinen.

It is also possible to hook fish, torch fish and bowfish in Lakes Peurajärvi and Mäntyjärvi with the Upper Karelia and Upper Savonia trap and net fishing permit (7001).


The use of an own boat is permitted in Lake Iso-Valkeinen and Lake Urtti-Valkeinen. The use of an outboard motor for fishing is prohibited (including electric outboard motors).

A motorboat may be used in other waters of the permit area.

Boat storage is only permitted at the boat harbour on the eastern shore of Lake Iso-Valkeinen. The boat must have its owner's contact information in a visible place.  

Catch quotas

The size of the catch quota depends on the validity of the permit. The maximum number of fish that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:

permit validity Maximum catch
3 hours 1 rainbow trout
24 hours 3 rainbow trouts

There is no fishing 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 minimum catch size of pike-perch is 45 cm, so pike-perch smaller than this must be released by the angler.

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

Further information

Services in the area

Peurajärvi Fishing Area is located approximately 40 kilometres north of Nurmes. There are signs for the area posted along the road between Nurmes and Kuhmo (regional road 75) as well as between Valtimo and Kuhmo (road 5284).

Metsähallitus has five row boats in the area that may be rented. The rent for one boat is 15 euros per day or 45 euros per week. For boat rentals and keys, contact Reijo and Tarja Piiroinen in Saramo. Reijo's telephone number is +358 40 752 6141 and Tarja's +358 40 752 6153. Tarja answers the phone from 5 PM to 9 PM. Keys may be picked up daily between 9 AM and 9 PM.

Storing your own boat in the area costs 20 euros per year. Boat spots are provided by Konesola in Nurmes. Konesola's telephone number is +358 13 480 180.

Peurajärvi cabins offer lodging and there is one big cabin for a large group. The cabins can be rented from Lomarengas (

The area is also covered by a comprehensive trail network and there are lean-to shelters, rental huts, campfire sites and a cooking shelter as well as caravan spots. There is also a trail that leads to the Hiidenportti National Park.

Fisheries management

Catch-sized rainbow trout is stocked into Lake Iso-Valkeinen four times in March–April and then again every 2–3 weeks between May and September and before Christmas. The area's lakes and ponds are also stocked annually with whitefish and pike-perch.