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Kivikesku is a barren lake in a rugged, wilderness-like setting, but accessible along an easy path. The marked route passes through boreal swamp forest and several small mire ponds. Kivikesku is part of the Kaakkurijärvet Natura area, home to one of the largest nesting populations of red-throated divers in southern Finland. Artificial islands have been installed on the ponds along the route to help establish the species in the Kivikesku area. If you spot a red-throated diver, please do not disturb the bird and avoid moving unnecessarily on the lake shore.

In the spring and after the rain, it is advisable to wear waterproof shoes. There are two serviced campfire sites on the shore of Kivikesku lake, but it is good to bring your own axe.

The 37-hectare Kivikeskujärvi nature reserve is located in the lake highland area on the northern side of the Tampere-Pori highway (Porintie). The path to the nature reserve starts from Koukkujärventie road, about one kilometre after the Kankaantaan Kisa hut. You can leave your car in the car park by Koukkujärventie.

Camping is prohibited under the protection decision.

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