Recreation areas of Äntu lake district

PORKUNI METSKOND 50, Liivaküla, Väike-Maarja vald, Lääne-Viru maakond

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There are seven transparent lakes near Väike-Maarja, called the Äntu Lakes. The largest of the Äntu lakes are Valgejärv (White Lake), Roheline (Green) or Vahejärv (Middle Lake), and Sinijärv (Blue Lake). The latter two are unique thanks to their bluish-green colour and clear waters. The bottom of the lakes is covered with light-coloured lime which, together with the surrounding nature, gives the water its beautiful hue.

Somewhere in the distance, there are the remaining Äntu lakes: Linaleo, Mäetaguse, Kaanjärv, and Umbjärv, which are small forest lakes with unstable banks surrounded by the boggy landscape containing a number of hiking trails.

Good to know: Valgejärv Lake is also a swimming spot in the summer.

Times and prices
Open all year round

24 hours

Features and amenities
  • Camping area

  • Wheelchair access

Getting there

The lakes are located on the southern foothill of Pandivere Upland, east of the Rakvere-Vägeva highway, in an esker which is 7-11 km south of Väike-Maarja towards Tartu, in the Äntu Landscape Reserve. Walk along the hiking trail from Tartu highway after the Nõmme River bridge. You can park your car in the parking lot of Valgejärv Lake. One bus stops at 'Nõmme' stop once a day. You can also take a train to Kiltsi and cycle to the lakes from the train station.

  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By public transport
  • By car
Stops nearby
Bus: Väike-Maarja
Train: Kiltsi
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