Lake Immeln with its clean water, good fishing and cheap fishing permits is about 23 kilometres north of Kristianstad. It is one of Sweden’s best lakes for canoeing with its many islands and inlets that offer lots of opportunities for overnight camping on your own piece of shoreline. You can always find a quiet bay no matter which direction the wind blows.

Young couple canoeing on lake Immeln
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Immeln is a safe and accessible paddling area where you easily can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Canoeing in Lake Immeln

Follow Skåne’s most popular canoe trail that takes you to a number of different lakes in the area. There are well over 200 small islands where you can set up camp and cook that bass or bream you caught earlier in the day. 

Immeln is known for its rich and diverse flora and fauna and many of the islands are Special Protection Areas (SPA) for birds. Bring your binoculars and spot a few rarities, such as fish hawk and throated diver. Gliding through the waters along the forest clad shores you might spot the very rare red waterlily. Similar to the Asian lotus flower, it adds an extra air of serenity to the landscape. 

Immeln is a safe and accessible paddling area where you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life without being disconnected, as you can use your mobile phone almost everywhere. Rent everything from canoes and military tents to portable stoves and barbecues at the Canoe Centre. Visit Immelns Kanotcenter's website for more information. 

A green tent in the forest facing lake Immeln
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Sleep in the wilderness and experience true freedom.
Cooking over a fireplace by Lake Immeln
© Apelöga
Experience the freedom of cooking outdoors.
Lake Immeln through a forest of large birch trees
Drone view of lake
Lake Immeln is a great place to begin your canoe adventure. Follow Skåne’s most popular canoe trail to discover a number of different lakes in the area.

Fishing in lake Immeln

Lake Immeln is a deep lake with clear waters and a stony bottom. The many islands, islets and skerries make it an exciting, challenging fishing lake. Spin for large perch and pike, or bait for bream, tench and whitefish.  Pike bites best in spring and autumn. Perch, bream and tench are often active when the water is warmer from May through October. Try ice fishing for perch and pike. The most common fish species in the lake are perch, bream, pike, roach, tench, lavaret, whitefish, eel and trout.

Several of the islands in the lake are bird sanctuaries, which means that it is forbidden to go ashore on these specific islands during certain periods. Find out more information about these islands on the map of Immeln, which you can get where fishing licences are sold. 

Rent boats, canoes and kayaks at Immelns Kanotcenter, as well as fishing guides and fishing permits. If you prefer to sleep in a bed instead of a tent there’s a B&B and a hostel nearby.

First, buy a fishing licence

Remember that you need to buy a fishing licence before you head out. You can buy fishing licences for lake Immeln at the Immeln Kanotcenter and in the Immeln campsite kiosk at the most southern tip of the lake. You can even book a rainbow trout camp.


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