Northern Shore of Lake Peipus Recreation Area

RMK Northern Shore of Lake Peipus Recreation Area covers the area from Tammispää to Vasknarva. Here you can find the sand dunes of Järvevälja and Smolnitsa and the “singing” sands along the shores of Lake Peipus, the latter are indicative of the purity of the lake water. The landscape alternates with long dune ridges with bogs and marshes in-between. The recreation area is rich in rivers, which is good for organising boat rides and hikes at different levels of difficulty. Kurtna lakes, the area richest in lakes in the entire Estonia, with its more than 40 larger and smaller lakes spread over about 30 square kilometres, are situated in the recreation area.
The main objective of RMK Northern Shore of Lake Peipus Recreation Area is to promote recreation activities at the lake and offer the visitors a chance to pick wild berries and mushrooms. Next to the Kauksi campsite and dunes, which are as if created for lakeside recreation, you are welcome to hike on the Kotka study trail ending on the Rüütli bog island and try out the Selisoo hiking trail.

Ida-Viru County
Lakeshore, the singing sands, dunes
Beach holiday, fishing, picking wild berries and mushrooms, hiking and cycling, camping, major events, boat rides, horse riding, programs and events promoting nature education.
Visitor Centre of Alutaguse National Park
+372 5681 5722
Contact us
Kauksi village, Iisaku municipality, 41001 Ida-Viru County
Visitor ManagementState Forest Management Centre (RMK)
Protected Area Manager Environmental Board of Estonia
+372 662 5999,
Additional informationIn 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.