Canals and bridges

The Finnish Transport Agency maintains 31 lock canals in addition to the Saimaa Canal, which has eight locks. These canals are located on Rivers Vuoksi, Kymijoki and Kokemäenjoki. Most lock canals are automated for self-service purposes.

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Opening hours of lock canals in summer 2015

June, July and August:
Self-service canals between 7 am and midnight,
staffed canals between 9 am and 11 pm

The canals and bridges of the Saimaa deep channel are open to traffic for a longer period, 24 hours a day.

Contact information for canals

Self service canals

Herraskoski Canal
Tel. +358 206 37 3992 (Murole Canal)
GSM +358 40 509 2786

Lempäälä Canal and Valkeakoski Canal
GSM +358 40 531 2786

Kalkkinen Canal
Tel. +358 206 37 3991 (Vääksy Canal)
GSM +358 40 536 4968

Neituri Canal, Kiesimä Canal, Kerkonkoski Canal and Kolu Canal
GSM +358 400 152 904

Ahkionlahti Canal and Nerkoo Canal
GSM +358 400 155 372

Lastukoski Canal, Juankoski Canal and Karjalankoski Canal
Tel. +358 400-424 929

Konnus Canal
Tel. +358 206 37 3995 (Taipale Canal)
Self-service canal, open to traffic 24 hours a day.
Saimaa deep channel lock, open to traffic for a longer period.
Remote control option available at Taipale Canal.

Karvio Canal, Kerma Canal, Vihovuonne Canal and Pilppa Canal
GSM +358 40 732 6848

Keitele Canal
(locks at Vaajakoski, Kuhankoski, Kuusa,
Kapeenkoski and Paatela)
Tel. +358 206 37 3990 (Central Control in Paatela)

 

Service canals

Murole Canal
Tel. +358 206 37 3992

Vääksy Canal
Tel. +358 206 37 3991

Taipale Canal
Tel. +358 206 37 3995
Saimaa deep channel lock, open to traffic for a longer period and
and 24 hours a day.
The bridge will not be opened for small craft only.
Mon – Fri between 6.30 – 8 am and 3 – 6 pm.
Vertical clearance 4.5 metres.

Varistaipale Canal and Taivallahti Canal
Tel. +358 206 37 3989
Taivallahti Canal is operated by remote control from Varistaipale.

Joensuu Canal, Kuurna Canal, Kaltimo Canal and the opening bridges of Pielisjoki River
Tel. +358 206 37 3993, +358 206 37 3994
The canals and opening bridges are operated by the remote control centre located at the Joensuu Canal.

Saimaa Canal
Mälkiä remote control centre
Tel. +358 206 37 3996, +358 206 37 3996 
Brusnitchnoe Lock (Juustila Lock) Tel. +358 206 37 3998
Saimaa deep channel lock, is open to traffic for a longer period and
24 hours a day.

Contact information for bridges

Jännevirta bridge
GSM +358 400 576 394
Open to traffic for a longer period, in accordance with Saimaa deep channel, 
24 hours a day.
Opening of the bridge must be ordered in advance. The bridge will not be opened for small craft only.
Mon – Fri between 6.30 – 8 am and 4 – 6 pm.
Vertical clearance 1.4 metres when the bridge is down.

Kyrönsalmi bridges
Tel. (highway bridge) +358 207 363 440, (railway bridge) +358 15 555 0122.
Open to traffic for a longer period, in accordance with Saimaa deep channel,
24 hours a day.
Only when required, the highway bridge is opened for leisure boating purposes as follows
Mon – Fri at 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm
and 6 pm. After that, the bridge is opened every hour on the hour, until 6 am.
Sat – Sun the bridge is opened for leisure boating purposes every hour, only when required.
Vertical clearance for a closed railway bridge is 7.5 metres and
12.0 metres for a highway bridge.

Vihtakanta bridge
GSM +358 50 545 8669; the back-up number is +358 500 750 774
Open to traffic for a longer period, in accordance with Saimaa deep channel, 
24 hours a day.
Opening of the bridge must be ordered in advance.
Vertical clearance xx  metres.

Peltosalmi bridge
Tel. 029 534 3272
Opening of the bridge must be ordered in advance, but it is
open to traffic 24 hours a day.
Vertical clearance 0.6 metres.

Pirtinvirta bridge
Tel. +358 17 552 7889
GSM +358 40 535 7889
Opening of the bridge must be ordered in advance, but it is
open to traffic 24 hours a day.
Vertical clearance 1.0 metres.

Reposaari bridge
Tel. +358 204 44 4850
Opening of the bridge must be ordered in advance, but it is
open to traffic 24 hours a day.
Vertical clearance xx  metres.

Päiväranta bridge
GSM +358 400 576 394
Only as required, the bridge is opened for leisure boating purposes Mon – Fri at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm and 10 pm. Sat – Sun. The bridge is opened for leisure boating purposes on the hour, between 6 am – 4 pm and 7 pm –10 pm, but only as required. Requests to open the bridge must be made 30 minutes in advance by phone, in accordance with instructions provided on the bridge’s notice board, through an announcement or in some other way.
Vertical clearance 2.0 metres.

Pohja bridge
Tel. +358 204 44 3017
Open to traffic throughout the year, if ice conditions allow.
Opening of the bridge must be ordered in advance, but is
open to traffic 24 hours a day.
The bridge is not opened for small craft only.
Mon – Fri between 6.30 – 8 am and 4 – 6 pm.
Vertical clearance xx  metres.

Strömma bridge
Tel. +358 40 556 7165
15 April –15 June daily between 7 am and 10 pm
16 June –15 August daily between 7 am and midnight
16 August –31 October daily between 7 am and 10 pm

Visuvesi bridge
Tel. +358 40 845 3700
The bridge is opened 12 May – 31 August Mon – Fri between 8 am – 11 pm, 1 September – 30 September Mon – Fri between 8 am – 6 pm, and 1 October – 31 October Mon – Fri between 9 am – 5 pm.
The bridge is only opened on the hour for leisure boating purposes,
except at 4 pm. This must be requested in advance by phone, in accordance with the instructions provided on the bridge's notice board, by announcement or in some other way. At the earliest, the bridge is opened on the hour, one hour after the request was made.

Kellosalmi bridge, Lillholm bridge and Virtasalmi bridge
Self-service bridges, open to traffic 24 hours a day.

Hevossalmi bridge
Tel. +358 299 83 3133
The bridge is opened every 30 minutes, at half past and on the hour.

Page updated 17.05.2017