The Saimaa Canal

Finland’s most important canal is the 43-kilometres long Saimaa Canal, which connects Lake Saimaa to the Gulf of Finland. Nearly half of the Saimaa Canal runs through a land area leased from Russia. The eight locks of the Saimaa Canal are operated via remote control centres at Mälkiä and Brusnitchnoe.

Instructions for leisure boating in the Saimaa Canal

The new pleasure craft guide will be published before the navigation season begins (note: no prior notification needed).

The Saimaa Canal Pleasure Craft Guide, 2019, English (pdf)

The Saimaa Canal Pleasure Craft Guide, 2019, Russian (pdf)

Documents and reports: Transit Voyage, English (zip)

Documents and reports: Transit Voyage, Russian (zip)

Documents and reports: Calling Vyborg, English (zip)

Documents and reports: Calling Vyborg, Russian (zip)

Pleasure crafts exempt from canal fee in the Saimaa Canal. From the beginning of the 2012 navigation season there has been no canal fee for pleasure crafts sailing through the Saimaa Canal.

According to information provided by the Security Service of the Russian Federation, City of St. Petersburg and Border Control of the Leningrad Oblast, border checks on leisure boats will not be carried out at pier number two in the port of Vyborg.

The border check on leisure boats calling at Russia will be carried out either in Fort Konstantin (Kronstadt) or at the Pälli Lock (Saimaa Canal).

В продолжении телефонного разговора сообщаю, по информации Пограничного управления ФСБ России по г. Санкт-Петербургу и Ленинградской области, пограничный контроль ма-ломерных судов на втором причале Морского порта Выборг производиться не будет.

В связи с этим, пограничный контроль яхт и маломерных судов,
прибывающих в Российскую Федерацию в настоящее время осуществляется на форте "Константин" (Кронштадт) и на шлюзе "Пялли" (Сайменский канал).

Here you can read information about the Saimaa Canal locks. 

Page updated 21.05.2019