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Keitele Canal: Kuusa Canal

Kymijoki River Basin
Jyväskyllä-Suolahti route
Nautical chart: K329

Permitted vessel dimensions
110.0 x 11.8 x 2.4 x 6.1(on the route 5.5) [m]
(length x width x draught x height)

Mooring: Three floating bollards on the west side of the lock chamber, one on the east side. Hanging ropes on the sides of the lock.
Services: Kiosk café above the canal
Difference in water level: 3.90 - 4.10 metres

The canal connects Vatianjärvi and Saraavesi. The 350 m-long canal was built in 1990–93. Self-service lock with remote monitoring and access from Paatela.

When approaching from below, the self-service starter cord and instructions for its use are at the waiting pier after the bridge on the right, and when approaching from above, these are at the end of the waiting pier closer to the lock on the right. After starting the self-service, follow the instructions provided on the information board and traffic lights.

Please note: At the lower end of the canal at the railway bridge, the discharge water from the rapids causes a strong lateral flow which boaters must avoid. The water discharging from the lock causes currents all the way to the waiting pier in the lower canal, so your boat must be attached to the pier carefully.

Contact information for the canal

Tel. +358 (0)295 34 4151 (Paatela control room)

Self-service canal.

Opening hours 2024

Note. Exceptions to opening hours above the channel page.

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