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Birdwatching Tower of Ruokojärvi
The distance to the centre of Varkaus is about 5 km. The distance from the parking lot for cars (at the end of a logging road) to the tower is about 0.3 km. Part of the walk is on a boardwalk. Because of the poor condition of the logging road, we recommend you park your car at the junction of Kiertotie road and Teollisuuskatu street, which is about 2 km from the birdwatching tower. At six metres high, the tower is sturdy and has room for about 15 people at a time. In front of the tower there was a lean-to with a place for a campfire and firewood, but it was destroyed in a fire in May 2019.
Location of the birdwatching tower

Watch here photos of bird migration event in Birdwatching Tower of Ruokojärvi 25.9.2011. Photos by Timo Heinonen.

Birdwatching Tower of Mula
The trail to the birdwatching tower located on the eastern shore of Lake Mulajärvi goes next to the Mechanical Music Museum, the distance is about 200 m and is also suitable for disabled persons. From the tower it is possible to see a bittern and marsh harrier, which have nests nearby.
Location of the birdwatching tower