The River Hiitolanjoki area has been constantly developed since the 1990s as a travel destination for wildlife, fishing and culture enthusiasts. One of the promoters was the Laatokan Karjalan luonnonystävät ry Association (Ladoga Karelia Friends of Nature).
The various projects have been financed by European Union structural funds (TACIS, Interreg, ERDF), Rautjärvi municipality, Imatra Regional Development Company, Southeast Finland Regional Environment Centre and the Employment and Economic Development Centre. In addition, research data and expert information about the river has been provided by the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute, Finnish Central Association of Fishermen, local bird-watchers and, on the Russian side of the river, by the fishery researchers of the Northern Fishery Institute in Petrozavodsk. The Finnish Border Guard and the Rajavesikomissio (Frontier Waters Commission) have been active in cross-border co-operation. Tourism plans and studies have been prepared by the companies Itä-Suomen Matkailun Kehitys Oy and Juniperus Metsämatkat Ky.
The results of such projects include studies into fish populations in the river, the removal of barriers preventing the ascent of salmon on the Russian side and plans to construct fish-ladders in the rapids on the Finnish side. Material about River Hiitolanjoki has also been produced - from biological research reports relating to fish and maps to brochures - as well as a study detailing nature and bird life, and an archaeological inventory. This information about River Hiitolanjoki is also available on the Internet.
A long-term objective is to allow salmon from Lake Ladoga and other migratory fish to ascend past the power plants on the Finnish side to their former routes up to the Silamusjoki and Torsanjoki Rivers. The aim is to restore the Kangaskoski Rapids as a fishing oasis and breeding ground for fish. In addition, a varied museum area and tourist destination is being created around the old power plants and the industrial history of the river. Cross-border co-operation with Russian partners will also continue.