Kurtna lake district, recreation areas

Kurtna lake district, recreation areas

Vasavere alajaam, Kurtna küla, Alutaguse vald, Ida-Viru maakond

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The Kurtna lake district, located in Alutaguse Rural Municipality, is one of Estonia's most lake-rich areas, where 42 lakes can be found in an area of about 30 square kilometers.
The lakesides are popular recreation and swimming spots for locals and visitors from afar. Läke Liivjärv and Lake Martiska are the easiest to find and best marked. The State Forest Management Centre has built campfire sites and recreation areas on their shores.
Good to know:
- The Kurtna lake district developed as a result of the movement and melting of glacial ice;
- There is a hiking trail in the district which leads past 11 of the lakes;
- The forest bordering the lakes is filled with mushrooms and berries.

Times and prices

Open all year round

24 hours

Features and amenities

  • Camping area

Getting there

Take the third exit at the roundabout after 'Pannjärve risti' bus stop, at the 8th kilometre of Jõhvi-Vasknarva road. Head towards Alutaguse Holiday and Sports Centre (Alutaguse Puhke- ja Spordikeskus). Drive for 4.2 km and after the sports centre, turn left. Drive straight for 3.3 km to the intersection of Lake Martiska and Lake Suurjärv. Turn left, towards the campfire site of Matiska. All intersections in the protected area are marked with the signposts of the State Forest Management Centre.


  • Signposted
  • By excursion bus
  • By car


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