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Siikalahti Bird watching Trail, Parikkala

Theme trail · Parikkala
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  • Siikalahti Nature House's lookout tower
    / Siikalahti Nature House's lookout tower
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  • / SIIKALAHTI BIRD WATCHING TRAIL
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  • / Siikalahti Nature House
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  • / Siikalahti Bird Watching Tower
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  • / Siikalahti Bird Watching Trail
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  • / SIIKALAHTI BIRD WATCHING TRAIL
    Photo: Katariina Roiha
  • / Siikalahti Nature House
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  • / Siikalahti Lookout Stage
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  • / View from the Siikalahti Lookout Stage
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  • / View from the Siikalahti Lookout Tower
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  • / Siikalahti Lookout Tower
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  • / Siikalahti Lookout Tower
    Photo: Parikkalan kunta
  • / Siikalahti Nature House's Lookout Tower
    Photo: Parikkalan kunta
  • / Siikalahti Lookout Tower
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  • / Siikalahti Nature House
    Photo: Parikkalan kunta
  • / Siikalahti Campfire Site
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  • / Siikalahti Bird Watching Trail
    Photo: Parikkalan kunta
  • / Siikalahti Bird Watching Trail
    Photo: Parikkalan kunta
m 150 100 50 1,0 0,8 0,6 0,4 0,2 km Siikalahden luontotupa ja taukopaikka Siikalahden luontotuvan lintutorni Siikalahden lintutorni Siikalahden katselulava
Siikalahti is the most valuable bird wetland in Inland Finland, boasting the Siikalahti Birdwatching Trail (Siikalahden lintupolku) with towers and bird hides.
easy
Distance 1 km
1:00 h
0 m
6 m

Siikalahti is the most valuable bird wetland in Inland Finland. There are hundreds of bird and plant species in the nature reserve, some of them very rare. Butterflies and dragonflies are also worth exploring. The easiest way to visit the gorgeous Siikalahti is from a platform by the road. You will also find a birdwatching tower and a bird hide closer to the mid-part of the wetland. There is a birdwatching tower suitable for families with children close to Siikalahti Nature Information Hut, by the edge of the wetland. The nature information hut and the information boards provide you with information on the species and the wetland. It is easy to walk along the trails and duckboards. By the nature information hut, there is a campfire shelter where you can have snacks. There is a toilet in the parking area.

The Siikalahti area is managed by Metsähallitus. 

Author’s recommendation

Sights 

One of Finland’s best bird wetlands

Interesting nature house

Good structures for birdwatching

Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
56 m
Lowest point
50 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

The trail is suitable for all kinds of footwear. In some places, the drop from the duckboards is quite long, but the duckboards are wide and sturdy.

It is safest to move in a group if you do not know the terrain or the water area. Before the excursion, it is advisable to acquire the necessary maps and guides and check the weather forecast, particularly when going boating. Wear sturdy footwear and clothes that suit the weather. It is recommended that you take first aid equipment, rainwear, a spare set of clothes, as well as enough drinks with you, particularly in the summer. Remember to wear a floating vest when boating.

In wet weather and in winter, duckboards, rocks and piers can be slippery.

During the snowy season, the trails and routes are not maintained.

In an emergency, dial the number 112. Report your location, what has happened and listen to the instructions.

 

Duration about 1 h.

 

Trail markings

There is an information board at the start of the trail. The trail is marked with signposts and the path is straightforward.

 

Suitability

Suitable for families with children.

 

Difficulty level

The trail features a narrow path and wide duckboards. There is no real elevation.

The trail is straightforward.

Tips and hints

 

Reittimerkinnät

Reitin alussa on infotaulu reitistä. Opastus on hoidettu viitoituksilla ja kulkureitti on selkeä.

 

Soveltuvuus

Reitillä voi tutustua Siikalahden lintujen, kasvien ja hyönteisten kirjoon koko perheen voimin. Linnuista on tietoa Siikalahden luontotuvassa, lintutorneissa ja piilokojussa.

 

Vaativuus

Reitti kulkee polkua ja leveitä pitkospuita pitkin. Korkeusvaihteluita ei juurikaan ole. Kulkureitti on selkeä kulkea.

Start

Kaukolantie 291, 59100 Parikkala. N61 33.963 E29 33.452 (55 m)
Coordinates:
DD
61.566154, 29.557986
DMS
61°33'58.2"N 29°33'28.7"E
UTM
35V 635857 6828518
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Destination

Kaukolantie 291, 59100 Parikkala. N61 33.963 E29 33.452

Turn-by-turn directions

Reitti kulkee ensin lehtomaisen metsän läpi luontotuvalle. Luontotuvalta jatketaan pitkospuille, jotka kulkevat umpeen kasvaneen lahden osan päällä. Pitkospuut johdattavat ensin lintutornille ja sitten piilokojulle. Lintutornilta näkee Siikalahtea hyvin laajalti ja lintuja on helppo tarkkailla. Piilokojulla puolestaan lintuja pääsee tarkkailemaan aivan lähietäisyydeltä, kunhan malttaa olla hiljaa ja paikallaan. Täältä näkee lintuja pesimäpuuhissa, ruokkimassa poikasiaan sekä ravintoa etsimässä. Reitin varrella ja lintutorneissa sekä piilokojussa on infotauluja, joissa kerrotaan alueen kasvistosta, eläimistä ja aikaisemmasta asutuksesta. Luontotuvassa on näyttävästi ja kattavasti lisää tietoa alueesta. Tuvan pihapiirissä on tulentekopaikka ja retkipöytiä, joiden luona voi pitää taukoa.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Kohteeseen ei ole julkista liikennettä.

Getting there

 VT6:lta Parikkalan keskustan kohdalla viitoitus Siikalahdelle, Kaukolantietä 4 km, P-paikka tien läheisyydessä.

Parking

Siikalahden pysäköintipaikka

Kaukolantie 291

59100 Parikkala

N61 33.963 E29 33.452

Coordinates

DD
61.566154, 29.557986
DMS
61°33'58.2"N 29°33'28.7"E
UTM
35V 635857 6828518
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Accessibility

  • Parking for people with disabilities
  • Step-free access to the building/object/terrain (via elevator/ramp if necessary)
  • Toilets for people with disabilities
  • Handrails on both sides of all staircases
This audit report was prepared by: Etelä-Karjalan virkistysaluesäätiö
Certified on: January 27, 2021

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Nature Trails

  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Umbrella
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
1 km
Duration
1:00 h
Descent
6 m
Accessibility Scenic Family-friendly Botanical highlights Flora and fauna Accessibility Linear route Suitable for strollers

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