Putkilahti and Putkisalo in Rantasalmi are good places for bird watching. The wetland area consist narrow water routes along country side between some mosaic like more open areas. Reed is growing every where, but it is nice cover for us and the birds. You can watch closely some very fine and delicant species like Bluethrouth or Marsh warbler. The cranes and whooper swans are nesting near by and ospreys are fishing big carp breams. Western marsh harriers are very common here and they are flying low when trying to find something to eat from the reed.
It is always pleasure to paddle in these waters even you are not a bird enthusiast! Calm and shallow waters brings you thru typical Finnish landscape and there are always lot to watch and see.
Ecological aspect of this trip:
Customers should have appropriate clothing. Spring time in the waters is very cold! You should have at least a hat, gloves and jacket.
Route and neede skills:
There are two different option:
Route2: Paddling route 10 - 15km, duration 4 hours. Satrting at nera by Putkisalo, Ukonniemen swimming beach. Padlling thru Putkisalmi and Puikonkoski, visiting at Putkilahti bird watching tower and the coming back by paddling. Include several stops, if needed. Recommended also for persons witout any paddling skills.
Water area is very shallow and shore line is always near. We also pass a small easy flowing river. You don’t have to have paddling experience before. Only thing which is neede, is capability to paddle your own canoe.
FinnTrek (trek point and gift shop), Ohitustie 7, Rantasalmi
At least a week advance by e-mail
Picknick lunch 12€ Include soup, bred, soft drinks, someting sweet and coffee / tee
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