Juva - Sulkava canoeing route
The total length of the great route suitable for canoeing with the family is 57km. It is recommended to set aside two to three days for paddling this distance. The starting point of the route is at Juva Camping, and the end point is in Sulkava, at the boating centre Kulkemus. Naturally, it is possible to paddle only a shorter part of the route. The “Squirrel route” is Finland's first biologically studied water nature trail, marked in the terrain. Along the route there are rivers, small rapids, and lakes.
The route now has a new extension from Ala-Matkus to Partala.
Before heading out with a canoe, please ask further details about the waterway status either at Sulkavan Oravanpesät, tel.
+358 (0)400 938 076, or at Juva Camping, tel. +358 (0)15 451 930.
A map printed on water-proof paper is available for the price of 10 euros, please ask for further details at the tourist information, tel. +358 (0)44 417 5215.
Vilkaharju Nature Paths
Vilkaharju Nature Paths
The Vilkaharju nature path introduces the handsome ridge scenery with its fauna and flora, geology and history. Along the nature path, there is one of the largest erratic boulders in Finland. The path has two parts. The length of part I is 3.1km, and the length of part II is 3.6km. Each part can be walked separately. There are tourist map guides along the paths, providing information about the significance of the forest now and in the past. There is more information about the paths on the so-called start board, located in the parking area, at the intersection of a road to Hopeasaari.
Ask for more details at the tourist information, tel. +358 (0)44 4175215
A map link to the starting point here.
Parasta Saimaalla blog post (in Finnish) about the Vilkaharju nature paths. here.
There is a disc golf course of 18 holes built in the surrounding areas of the sports hall in the town centre. The course has 2 tracks, and the length is about 2,000 meters. You may rent discs at the library, and at the household appliance shop, Sulkavan TV ja Kodinkone T. Kemppinen, at Alanteentie 32, who also sell discs. Route Map and Rules.
The Lohilahti disc golf course has 9 holes; skillful players prefer this short but narrow course.
Read more here.
The Kukkomäki skiing tracks provide a nice setting for skiing, offering routes of various lengths, some portions of these routes are lit. In addition, there is a short, lit track that runs around the sports field and the jogging track.
There are skiing tracks in the surroundings of the sports hall, including a longer track route towards Saarilampi (Juva), with an old hut along the route for taking a break. You may also start from the starting point at the bay of Tuonilahti, near the prison. There will also be skiing tracks made on the ice of Alanne, weather permitting.
In the winter, the maintenance status of the skiing tracks can be checked in the link below.
Sulkava Geocaches Geocaching is an outdoor activity, where containers called geocaches are hidden outdoors or in a built environment. The geocaches contain a logbook and a pen, and possibly something small to exchange.
Sulkava Lure Fishing Area
The joint permit area of the Sulkava lure fishing area offers 16,000 hectares for lure fishing enthusiasts.
In the village centre, lure fishing permits are sold by Sulkavan Verkko ja Paita shop, as well as the Alanteen Helmi kiosk in Vekara, and the Lohilahti Neste gas station in Lohilahti.
The price of the permit is 65 euros for the fishing season, 50 euros for a month, 40 euros for a week, and 25 euros for three days.
The permit can also be paid directly to the lure fishing area’s account, at the Sulkava Osuuspankki bank, using the account number FI68 5437 0420 0016 55. In the message field of the payment, enter the message saying, “Sulkavan viehekalastusmaksu” (Sulkava lure fishing payment) and the preferred starting date of the permit. Fishing limitations: trout and freshwater trout without adipose fin only. Minimum sizes, including char: 60cm. No limits regarding the fishing rods.