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Kuurna Canal

Vuoksi river basin 
Joensuu-Nurmes route
Nautical chart: R275

Permitted vessel dimensions
80.0 x 11.8 x 2.4 x 12.0 [m]
(Length x width x draught x height)

Mooring: Moving bollards.
Difference in water level 5.60 - 8.00 metres

The 400 metre canal was built in 1874-76, and renewed in 1968-71. The clearance for the movable bridge that crosses the canal is 1.8 metres.
The lock is entered by driving under a rising gate.

Timber floating lock, contact the operating personnel when you approach the lock during timber floating to get instructions on a safe waiting point. Both when travelling upwards and downwards, boaters must wait for their turn in the lock on the right hand side in the timber floating lines. Timber bundles are processed on the other side of the fairway. The lock’s actual waiting piers cannot be used for waiting while timber floating is in progress.

Use of the canal is controlled by the Joensuu Canal remote control centre. VHF call on channel 11 (or 16), Kuurna Canal. If your vessel does not have communication equipment, the locking request is made by pulling on the cords at the lock’s top and lower canal ends, located to the right in the direction of travel. Kuurna Canal is in use during the opening hours of the Joensuu Canal Remote Control Centre. Instructions and opening hours are available on the information board.

Contact information for the canal

Tel +358 (0)295 34 4154, +358 (0)295 34 4155

The canal is controlled remotely from the Joensuu Canal remote control centre.

Opening hours summer 2024

Note. Exception to opening hours above the channel page. 

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.