The Lepänkanto site contains key parts of the Kukonharju-Lepänkanto-Säkniemi esker area, which is part of the almost one hundred kilometre long fragmented stretch of eskers that connects with Second Salpausselkä. The oldest shore formations in the area were deposited at the Baltic ice lake level (111-114 meters above sea level, msl) and younger formations were deposited during the subsequent local ice lake stage (101 and 93-94msl). The highest Greater Saimaa shoreline in the area is at a height of 86msl.

The Lepänkanto landscape is dominated by deltas dotted with kettles, high esker ridges and beach ridges and shore walls. There is also a nature path in the area which provides information about the traces of ice age and human life during the Stone Age. The path also runs along Lake Kuolimo, which used to be a part of Saimaa and which is home to char and fourhorn sculpin, both relics from the ice age. Nowadays Kuolimo connects to Saimaa via Partakoski and Kärnänkoski.

At the parking lot of the Lepänkanto recreation area you will find a sign for the Saimaa Geopark, which gives also details from the Traces of ice age – people of the Stone Age trail and tells about the geology of the area. Lepänkanto recreation site is managed by the South Karelian Foundation for Recreation Areas.

Saimaa Geopark sign at the parking area of Lepänkanto (pdf)

Route description of the Traces of ice age – people of the Stone Age trail and instructions for arrival

You can also find more information about the Lepänkanto area here

ATTENTION! You can’t drive a car to Rovastinoja through Pyhä-Paulantie -road! The road is private.


Coordinates: x=532717,086 y=6786140,401 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

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Coordinates: 61.208290409, 27.608907719 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))


Image: Kaisa-Maria Remes


  • Privy
  • Suitable for children
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Campfire place
  • Viewing point
  • Parking
  • Beach