Matsalu National Park

Matsalu National Park in Western Estonia was, first and foremost, founded to protect the wild birds there and it is of great interest to friends of ornithology.


Lääne County


Numerous bird species, varied communities, cultural heritage objects


Hiking tours on foot and by bicycle, bird-watching, nature education


RMK information point in the Matsalu National Park centre


Tel: +372 472 4236




address Penijõe Manor, Lihula Rural Municipality, Lääne County


Open from 15 April till 1 October on workdays from 9.00-17.00, on weekends from 10.00-18.00, during the off-season period, with an advance notice, from 9.00-17.00

Visit organiser


Manager of the protected area

Hiiu-Lääne-Saare region of the Environmental Board

Matsalu National Park was founded to protect the numerous nesting, moulting and migratory birds there. The surface area of the protected area is 486.1 km² and it includes Matsalu Bay, the section of Väinamere around the mouth of the bay, the lower course of the Kasari River, bay and river shore canebrakes, the flooding meadow of the Kasari River, inshore pastures, wood meadows and about 50 sea islands. The numbers registered in the national park are 282 bird, 49 fish and 47 mammal species, and 772 species of vascular plants.

RMK is the organiser of visits to Matsalu National Park since February 2009.