IBA Criteria met: B1i, B2, C2, C6 (2000)
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Area: 12,516 ha
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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.
One of the most important breeding areas for Gavia arctica and Mergus albellus in the country.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kitka lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/03/2023.