Puula (or Puulavesi) is a lake in the Kymi River area in the Finnish municipalities of Hirvensalmi, Kangasniemi and Mikkeli. Puula is 94.7 metres (311 ft) above sea level, the area is 331 square kilometres (128 sq mi), and it is 62 metres (203 ft) deep at its deepest point, located near Porttisalmi at Simpiänselkä, which is the biggest open area of the lake. Two big lakes Suontee and Puula were one lake until year 1854, when the water level was lowered 2.5 meters. This has brought up geological stacks, which are formed by water.

Lake Puulavesi.jpg
at summer night
Puula is located in Finland
LocationSouthern Savonia, Finland
Coordinates61°48′36″N 026°41′38″E / 61.81000°N 26.69389°E / 61.81000; 26.69389Coordinates: 61°48′36″N 026°41′38″E / 61.81000°N 26.69389°E / 61.81000; 26.69389
Basin countriesFinland
Surface area330.76 km2 (127.71 sq mi)
Average depth9.2 m (30 ft)
Max. depth62 m (203 ft)
Surface elevation94.7 m (311 ft)
SettlementsHirvensalmi, Kangasniemi

Water from lake Puula runs down to Vahvajärvi through Kissakoski Canal.

Puula is known as a body of water with lake trout and lake salmon and it is thereore popular among trollers. The largest lake salmon in Finland in the 21st century, which weighed 12.4 kg, came from Puula. Multi-kilo trout are a typical catch from Puula.[3]

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  1. ^ "Puula (14.923.1.001)". Järviwiki. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  2. ^ Finnish Environment Institute: Finnish lakes larger than 40 square kilometers Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Järvet - Puula". www.fishinginfinland.fi. Retrieved 2021-12-13.

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