Keitele - Paijanne canal is designated for bundled timberrafting and navigation and laid along natural water flow in the Middle Finland. The canal has joined the navigating channels of the Paijanne canal (in the South) and the Pielavesi-Keitele canal (in the North) into the united navigating system 436 km long.
The construction of the canal was executed by the Russian Zarubezhtransstroi Company on a "turn key" basis in 1990-1994.
The main contract included the erection of five locks, six bridges, dredging work and lock gates with their gear.
The total length of the Keitele-Paijanne canal is 48 km out of which 2.5 km is canal section to be newly dug and the rest of route of natural water flow to be dredged.
The canal bottom width of the section to be newly dug is 25 m and that of the lake sections is 45 m and more. The navigation depth is 3 m.
The useful length of five locks is 110 m, each lock is 16 m wide.
Currents of water in locks ranger from 2.5 to 8 m.
There are six bridges: 4 steel-concrete ones, on arch all-metal bridge and one precast RCC bridge for light traffic