Canal and bridge opening hours

Opening times for shallow-water channels

7.5.2021 at 9.00 a.m.

  • Vääksy, Kalkkinen 

  • Kokemäenjoki river basin: (Lempäälä, Valkeakoski, Murole, Herraskoski)

14.5.2021 at 9.00 a.m. 

  • Keitele canal (Vaajakoski, Kuhankoski, Kuusaa, Kapeenkoski, Paatela)
  • Rautalammi route (Kerkonkoski, Kiesimä, Neituri, Kolu)
  • Iisalmi route and museum canals (Nerkoo, Ahkiolahti, Kuivataipale, Saarikoski)
  • Heinävesi route (Pilppa, Vihovuonne, Kerma, Karvio)
  • Pielisjoki route(Joensuu, Kaltimo, Kuurna)

21.5.2021 klo 9.00:

  • Heinävesi/Juojärvi route (Varistaival, Taivallahti)
  • Tahko route (Karjalankoski, Juankoski, Lastukoski)

Opening information can also be found on the news article on our website 

Self-service canals opening hours summer 2021

May: at 7–21
June: at 7–24
July: at 7–24
August: at 7–24
September: at 7–18
October: closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, open on other days 7–17

Self-service canals include: Ahkiolahti Canal, Herraskoski Canal, Juankoski Canal, Kalkkinen Canal, Kapeenkoski Canal, Karjalankoski Canal, Karvio Canal, Kerkonkoski Canal, Kerma Canal, Kiesimä Canal Kolu Canal, Konnus Canal, Kuhankoski Canal, Kuusa Canal, Lastukoski Canal, Lempäälä Canal, Neituri Canal, Nerkoo Canal, Pilpa Canal, Vaajakoski Canal, Valkeakoski Canal, Vihonvuonne Canal.

Service canals opening hours summer 2020

May: at 9–21
June: at 9–23
July: at 9–23
August: at 9–23
September: at 9–18
October: closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, open on other days 9–17 Bookings no later than at 15.00 the previous business day.

Service canals include: Joensuu Canal, Kaltimo Canal, Kuurna Canal, Murole Canal, Paatela Canal, Saimaa Canal, Taipale Canal, Taivallahti Canal, Varistaipale Canal, Vääksy Canal. 

Movable bridges and their opening hours

Kyrönsalmi bridges

The Kyrönsalmi bridges (road and railway bridges) will not be opened for water traffic.

Data from Kyrönsalmi Flow Meter

Vihtakanta bridge

Tel. + 358 50 545 8669 or backup number + 358 44 504 4075 
Traffic season extended in accordance with the Saimaa deep-water channel.
Available 24 hours a day.
The bridge is only opened on request.

Tikkalansaari railway bridge

The bridge is only opened remotely on request from
Taipale Canal tel. +358 (0)29 534 4156.
Available 24 hours a day
Clearance is 5.2m / 12.0m.

Peltosalmi Bridge

Tel. + 358 29 534 3272
The bridge is only opened on request.
From Monday to Friday, the bridge will not be opened for leisure crafts from 6.30 to 8.30 and from 15: 00 to 17: 00. The opening of the bridge must be booked by telephone following the instructions given on the information board, notice or other means by the bridge.

The bridge will also be opened for professional traffic outside the Iisalmi route’s opening hours.  The opening of the bridge must be booked in advance during the previous shift 7.00–16.00.
Clearance is 0.6 metres

Pirttivirta Bridge

The bridge is only opened on request
remotely from Taipale Canal tel. +358 (0)29 534 4156.
available 24/7.
Clearance is 1.0 metres

Reposaari Bridge

Tel. +358 40 673 7982 or +358 (0)307 30333
1 April–31 October
available 24/7.
The bridge is only opened on request,
The opening must be booked on weekdays 7-17, 2 days before the opening date.
Clearance is 5.0 metres

Pohja Bridge

Tel. + 358 20 444 3017
Accessible year-round if ice conditions allow.
The bridge is only opened on request,
Available 24 hours a day. The request to open the bridge must be made 60 minutes prior to the time of opening.
The bridge is not opened solely for leisure traffic
Mon-Sun 22:00-8:00 and Mon-Fri 16:00-18:00.

Strömma Bridge

Tel. +358 29 534 3274
15 April–15 June daily at 7.00–22.00
16 June–15 August daily at 7.00–24.00
16 August–31 October daily at 7.00–22.00
Please note: During the winter season, the request for opening the bridge must be made on the last business day before opening. During the summer season, the request for opening the bridge must be made 60 minutes before the opening.

Data from Strömmä Flow Meter

Visuvesi Bridge

The bridge is only opened remotely on request from
Murole Canal, tel. + 358 29 534 4153 Murole Canal opening hours.
The bridge has a clearance of 4.2 metres

Kellosalmi Bridge

Self-service bridge, available 24 hours a day.
Virtasalmi (Monisalmi) Bridge
The bridge will only be opened remotely on request from the Taipale Canal, tel. +358 (0)29 534 4156.

The bridge will be opened for waterborne traffic:
1 May–31 May    9.00–21.00
1 June–31 August    9.00–24.00
1 September–30 September    9.00–18.00
1 October–31 October 9.00–18.00

Lillholmen Bridge

The bridge will be opened for waterborne traffic 7-19 on the hour and from 19-24 if necessary. A request for the opening of the bridge will be made at the bridge using the operating switch (cord). 

Hevossalmi Bridge

1 May–31 October
The bridge will be opened Mon-Sun 7.30–23.00.
The bridge is opened daily every half hour, on the hour and 30 minutes past the hour.