Kitka lake

Country/territory: Finland

IBA Criteria met: B1i, B2, C2, C6 (2000)
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Area: 12,516 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 low unfavourable low
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Site description
A shallow lake, over 9,000 years old, in the heart of Kuusamo. The lake is barren, with sandy and stony shorelines, clear waters and sparse vegetation. The lake holds numerous islands, most of them small, treeless and rocky while the largest are forested and commercially managed. This is one of the only large lakes in Finland where the water-level is not artificially manipulated. Hundreds of summer cottages surround the lake.

Key biodiversity
One of the most important breeding areas for Gavia arctica and Mergus albellus in the country.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kitka lake. Downloaded from on 31/03/2023.