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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|
Waterway has access to:
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.
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.