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Keitele Canal: Vaajakoski Canal

Kymijoki River Basin 
Jyväskyllä-Suolahti route
Nautical chart: K326 and J324

Permitted vessel dimensions
110.0 x 11.8 x 2.4 x 5.5 [m]
(Length x width x draught x height)

Mooring: Three floating bollards on the north side of the lock chamber, one on the south side. Hanging ropes on the sides of the lock.
Services: Guest harbour and restaurant below the canal.
Difference in water level: 2.50 - 2.65 metres

The canal connects Leppävesi and Päijänne. The 250 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 on the right side, when approaching from above, these are on the upper canal’s pier to the left. After starting the self-service, follow the instructions provided on the information board and light signs.
Flows are strong in both the lower and top canals.


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