Peipsiveere Nature Reserve

The main value of the area is the biodiversity of wetland habitats and the large wetland delta of the Emajõgi River. Peipsiveere (Emajõe-Suursoo) Nature Reserve has been under national conservation since 1981, when 30 new wetland protection areas were established in Estonia. The main purpose of the nature reserve is the conservation, protection and study of the wetland delta of the Emajõgi River and its endangered and rare plant and animal communities and species. In 1997, the nature reserve was included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance and since 2004 it has been a Natura 2000 area of Bird and Habitat Sites.

The former building of Emajõe-Suursoo Nature Centre and its surroundings together with Kantsi campfire site have been rented to Luunja Municipality (phone +372 741 7319, e-mail The slip and the campfire site are still in public use.

LocationTartu County

AttractionsVarious types of wetland, bog islands, reed beds, rivers and lakes and the surrounding forest masses.

InformationRMK Kiidjärve Visitor Centre
+372 676 7122
Visitor management
Centre for State Forest Management in Estonia (RMK)
Protected area manager Environmental Board of Estonia
+372 662 5999,
Visitor restrictions

More information
Tent camping and making campfire is allowed only in designated and marked places. Planning public events requires prior consent from the protected area manager. Visitors must observe established restrictions on fishing.
About restrictions imposed in Peipsiveere Nature Reserve please read here.

Peipsiveere Nature Reserve
Additional information
In Estonian nature, old explosive devices left from the war, still can be found. If you have found an object resembling an explosive device, leave it untouched, mark the location and immediately report the discovery to the emergency number 112. More information on the website of the Estonian Rescue Board.


Campfire site Koosa campfire site, Otisaare campfire site, Haugi campfire site, Koha campfire site, Latika campfire site, Ahvena campfire site, Angerja campfire site
Study trail Emajõe study trail (3 km)