Petkeljärvi national park is the most eastern national park in Finland near Russian border. It is a small park and suitable for day trips. Starting point for hiking and canoeing is in Petraniemi Outdoors Center where your can rent canoes and buy fishing permits, camp or stay at the lodge.
There are great small waters and bays you can reach from Petraniemi either by canoe or kayak. If going south by paddling beware not to enter border area, it is only 3 kilometres south-east from the park. Heading south you can paddle all the way to Mutalahti which is 20 kilometres away in south.
If you want to kayak longer trips you can paddle north towards lake Nuorajärvi and further to Koitajoki river. Paddling through meandering Koitajoki you end to lake Koitere. Before setting up this real wilderness paddling, remember that Koitajoki river is over 200 kilometres long.
The lake area near Petkeljärvi and Ilomantsi is great for paddlers. Try paddling at night in June, it does not get dark at all, just a beautiful dusk and peace. At dawn you will probably see and hear nature at it’s best.
You will most likely see and hear Black-throated diver when walking along Korkeasärkkä ridge to the tip of the peninsula and back.