The Teletaipale canal built by General Suvorov in the late 18th century connects Lepistönvesi in the west with Siikavesi in the east. The 200m long canal was built on a till-rich part of an isthmus where there was no need for extensive rock quarrying despite the area being rather rocky. At the northeast end of the channel there is a wharf suitable even for large vessels, and the canal is also easily accessible by car, as it is located along the road 438.

A famous Russian general, Aleksander Suvorov managed the construction of four Suvorov canals named after him. The Kutvele, Käyhkää, Kukonharju and Telataipale canals allowed Russia’s Saimaa navy to pass safely between the Lappeenranta, Kärnäkoski and Olavinlinna fortifications near the border. The canal system and fortifications were built to counter neighbouring Sweden and its Saimaa navy operating out of Ristiina.

There is a Saimaa Geopark sign at the Telataipale parking area (pdf)

You can also find more information about the Telataipale canal here

Videos from the Telataipale canal can be watched on Saimaa Geopark’s YouTube channel


Coordinates: x=584894,776 y=6836735,853 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

The above coordinates are working in GPS-devices and for example in service.

The below coordinates are working in Google maps service, which uses geographic coordinates:

Coordinates: 61.654487455, 28.602826283 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))


Image: Kaisa-Maria Remes


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