Vainjärv adds strength to Koeru area
Central-Estonia has been so rich of waterholes that a part of it named Järvamaa (Land of Lakes).
Today’s Järva County can’t boast with richness of lakes although here and there some are. Biggest of them has a surface of 41,5 hectares and 11,5 meters deepness. It’s Väinjärv and situated four kilometers south-east from Koeru.
Folk stories collected by Mihkel Kampmann tell that this morning-Järva beauty was in Tudreküla village and its name due its good taste used to be Veinjärv (Wine Lake). It was so until some young woman came to wash her children clothes in the lake. The lake got mad because of this and decided to move to another place: a big black ox walked a head and roared to warn people of the flood. When they reached lakes current location the ox scraped a bed for the lake. Into this bed the water then dropped and also buried the ox.
That is why Väinjärv is now situated in a valley in the southern part of the Pandivere heights being a pleasant resort for the vacationer and irreplaceable entertainment place for the fishermen.
Koeru area has many other places of interest many of which connected to a folk tale. One of the newest folk tales tells us a story about a Valtri well in Norra-Oostriku spring area. The spring had been created with a hard shovel strike by an islands (Saaremaa) man called Valter. The ditch diggers had been shoveling a ditch next to Norra-Jõeküla road and all of a sudden a water pillar rose from ground touching the tree tops. The water roar had been so loud that it was heard a kilometer and half away near Norra manor. Foaming water covered all of the nearby meadows.
On the northern border of Endla soostik is located Pandivere height and from this south-east corner of Koeru parish cold fresh water in abundance presses up from its innumerable spring eyes. Underneath its thin soil layer there are so many aquifers that wherever you start to shovel a new spring could develop. Oostriku spring group and Võlingi slanting spring belong to the group of water richest springs.
* There are in groups more than 30 major springs in Norra-Oostriku spring area: Norra, Oostriku, Vilbaste and largest, with 13 springs, Metsanurga group.
* Near to Norra manor is a 1,5 kilometer long hiking trail of precious habitats.
* Sopa spring, with its depth of 4,8 meters, is the deepest in Estonia.
* In Merja on top of the hillfort is a metal plate cast into concrete with a map of Estonia (size 1:400 000) showing the location of ancient hillforts. On 71 hillfort were such plates opened in 1938.
* In the gravel holes of the Hällimäe esker, running between Koeru and Väinjärve, you can see the bedrocks. Mild yellow tinted coral-limestone belongs to the Raiküla deposits.