Kayaking on the river Okhta (Karelia)

The Okhta River, which flows among taiga and protected places of Karelia, is one of the most popular places for water tourism.

Kayaking on the river Okhta (Karelia)

The Okhta River which flows among taiga and protected places of Karelia is one of the most popular places for water tourism.

More than 6 thousand fans of active recreation and extreme tourism every year make a raft on the waters of this mysterious and mystical river. Its picturesque landscape and panoramas surprise and beckon with its beauty. Okhta passes through 15 lakes and numerous rapids have become its main feature. The length of the river is not large — less than 200 km. The current speed is about 3 km / h.

General characteristics

The thresholds which Ohta is famous for are not complex and will perfectly suit for those who are only learning to interact with the water element. The complexity of the rapids closer to the mouth of the river increases. A water alloy along the Okhta river belongs to the third category of complexity, it is conventionally divided into three stages:

  1. Up to lake Ljejevo. At this stage the route passes through the system of lakes. In the channels between the lakes there are rapids of the 2nd category of complexity.
  2. The river to the lake Voronye. At the end of the duct there is a threshold that can only be traversed at a high water level. As a rule, this stage most tourists pass through an artificial canal.
  3. This part of the route begins on the Lake Voronye. The final stage contains the most part of thresholds.

Route description:

From the beginning of the route to Lake Kukkomozero the river is narrow. After entering the lake the banks are higher, they are decorated with coniferous forests riched in berries and mushrooms. Before entering Lake Muezero the river has three thresholds. During the advance along the lake it is worth considering that the large waves that rise from the north wind can prevent further fusion.

The next part of the route starts on Lake Muezero and ends at Lake Juleozero. At the beginning of the route the banks are covered with a mixed forest and closer to Lake Juleozero they become swampy. In Alozero it is necessary to go through Lake Rigreca. Further the route passes in the direction of Lake Lazhevo. On this site there are 7 rapids. After entering lake you need to keep to the northwest. There are three thresholds between Lazhevo and Pebozero. At the next stage the river passes through Lake Voronye and falls into the Cornizozero.

Two small islands that are located on the lake you need to go around on the left side. The site from the Kiviristi threshold to the place where Ohta flows into Kem is famous for its many rapids. Especially difficult one is the seventh — you need to pass it with insurance in two stages. After it on the way there are still 6 rapids, followed by a 5-kilometer quiet area. The Tyuterin threshold which is on this part of the way must be encircled on the left bank.

The end of the route — r. Kem,which Ohta flows into. Here you can get to the city by minibus.

Rafting along the Okhta river. Features

Okhta River is special. Obstacles on the river are few. There are not enough places for a comfortable parking.  A significant part of its way Ohta passes through the marshland. While travelling on the river Ohta is worth seeing the museum of wooden creativity and St. Nicholas’s Church on the island The Trinity (Lake Muyozero). Well, the main attraction of the river is the threshold of Kiviristi.

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