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Almere
CONTENT

A round trip of 16 km. Two portages.

You cross 3 lakes, and especially the Noorderplassen are rather big, so this is something to do on a calm day.

Starting point Passantenhaven Almere

A good starting point is at the small Passantenhaven near the Lido Almere along the Weerwater. From the west take the A6 towards Almere. After you pass the big bridge across the Gooimeer, take the third exit towards Almere. Across the viaduct you turn right. You can bring the kayak into the water at the Passantenhaven just before the Lido. There is free parking at the nearby parking place 50 meters back.

Route of 16 km:

Leave the Passantenhaven and turn right following the high voltage line. You see the skyline af Almere on your left. After the small island you turn 30 degrees right to the east. At the other side of the lake you pass the small beach Lumierestrand and enter the canal. Turn left. You pass 4 sidecanals and the follow the bend to the right. At the T-junction you turn left. Follow the canal under the railwaystation and you come at the lake Leeghwaterplas. You go straight across the lake or you can take a break at the locks on the right. There are kayak piers at the locks. Across the lake head north into the canal. You come at a small lake where the canal continues to the west. There is kayak pier and you have to carry the kayak across the bike-road Madisonpad. Continue under the bridge and you come at the Noorderplassen.

Cross the lake to the island. On the right you see a bridge but you pass the island on the left. After the entrance betwee 2 islands you turn left around the island. Then you keep to the right and at the end of the lake you turn left. At the end you turn right under a wooden bridge and then turn left again. At the end of the canal you come at the Noorderplassen again. You head west and go straight across the lake. On the left you see a marina. Pass the small island and go straight on towards the houses. In the corner of the lake on your left you enter the canal. At the locks Beatrixsluis are good kayak piers on both sides. It is possible to go throught the locks. The operate fully automatic after you press a button. It takes more time though. After the locks you go straight on at the next intersection. You pass a park and you keep going straight on. At the next intersection you go straight on and follow the bend to the left. At the Kolkplein in the city center follow the bend to the right. After a short distance you return on the Weerwater. Follow the right side of the lake to return to the starting point.

GPS Weerwater: Lat. 52.3573, Lon. 5.2131.

Skyline along the Weerwater.

Near the Charles Boyerstraat.

Portage at the Madisonpad across the bike-road.

Noorderplassen.

Giek at the Noorderplassen.

Kolkplein in the center.

Blok 16 The Wave.

Almere is the newest and the biggest town of the province Flevoland (187.000 inhabitants). Also it is the fastest growing city in Europe. In 1968 South Flevoland (west of Lelystad) was reclaimed from the sea, or actually from the IJsselmeer. In 1976 the Houtribdijk between Enkhuizen and Lelystad was built and the Markermeer was separated from the IJsselmeer. In the same year the first houses of Almere were built.