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Saima Canal | Russia: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Degree of difficulty: Demanding
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: no rating
Profile of waterway: Main waterway
Facilities groundside: Not sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

Baltic Sea

goes from Lake of Saima at Lappeenranta to the town of Wyborg at the Gulf of Finland and therewith to the Baltic Sea.

Today, the canal lies one half each in Finland and Russia. The canal was given over to navigation in 1856. When, after "ceasefire" in 1944, the eastern parts of Finland fell to Russia, this for Finland very important link was closed. 

After resumption of normal diplomatic relations between the two states in the 60ies, a contract for reconstruction and development of Saima-Canal was signed in 1982.

In 1968 this for Finland very important link for the transport of wood of the huge forests at the lakes area could start operations again. After the "opening" of Russia, also private boaters and excursion ships may use the canal.