Kymijoki River Basin
Nautical chart: J307
Permitted vessel dimensions
35.0 x 8.3 x 2.4 x 11.0(m)
(Length x width x draught x height)
Services: Restaurant, kiosk, many sights. Boaters' services at Kanavalahti guest harbour on the Päijänne side.
Difference in water level: 2.85 - 3.35 m
The canal connects Lakes Vesijärvi and Päijänne. The 1315 m-long canal was built in 1868-71. The clearance for the movable bridge that crosses the canal is 2.1 metres. The canal is manned, and it is Finland’s busiest boating canal, where traffic may become backed up especially on Fridays at 17–20 and Sundays 15–20.
When approaching from below (Päijänne), the locking call point is located on the left on the upper canal’s waiting pier, and when approaching from above (Vesijärvi), these are located on the right on the lower canal’s pier. Service locking at Kalkkinen Lock is controlled remotely from Vääksy Canal.
Contact information for the canal
Tel. + 358 (0)295 34 4152
Exception for opening hours in summer 2022
The channel will be open until 9 p.m. from Friday to Sunday in September, otherwise according to the normal schedule.
The canal closes at 12 p.m. in June, July and August.