Photo: Keski-Suomen ELY
Heinä-Suvanto is an overgrown lake on the eastern edge of Viitasaari. Following the lowering of the water level in the lake in 1812, the lake is now a seasonally flooding fen. Heinä-Suvanto is the most significant water habitat for birds in Central Finland, and there is a bird watching tower at the northern end of the lake where the local species can be observed. The bird watching tower is at the end of a 700-metre walk with boardwalks in places.
Starting point and guidance: From the E75, take highway no. 77 towards Keitele. Follow the black-and-white signs to Heinä-Suvanto. Drive along the forest road for 2 km, after which you will arrive at the car park.
Starting point coordinates: ETRS-TM35FIN N 7003821, E 457299.
WGS84 lat 63.16111, lon 26.15228
Average hiking time:
Allow 1–2 hours to complete the trail.
There are signposts from the road to the path directing you to the bird watching tower.
Most of the path leading to the bird watching tower is paved with gravel, and the final part is covered by a boardwalk. Rubber boots are essential during the spring floods.
Rest areas, lean-to shelters, etc.:
Birdwatching tower and campfire site near the trail start.
Organisation in charge of the nature trail:
City of Viitasaari.
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