Rannu-Jõesuu, situated beside the Viljandi-Tartu highway, is the virtual calling card of the Võrtsjärv area. It contains a purpose-built rest and recreation zone, next to which begins the sole Võrtsjärv outflow - the Suur (i.e. great) Emajõgi River.

The hundred-kilometres route of the Suur Emajõgi River towards Lake Peipus commences from the north-eastern corner of Lake Võrtsjärv. The river flows through the Alam-Pedja Nature Reserve that begins on the other side of the Jõesuu bridge and spans 342 square kilometres.