There are three marked routes, the Eendenroute (Duck route) 7 km, Kievitroute ( Peewit route) 8 km, and Lepelaarroute (Spoonbill route) 7 km.
You can follow one or more of the marked routes, but you can also decide for yourself where to go. The whole area is beautiful. It is possible to navigate on the canal around the area (25 km), but it's not so very interesting because for long distances you see nothing but reed. There are three places where you can portage from the surrounding canal to the Eilandspolder.
- Camping Tuinderij "Welgelegen", Raadhuisstraat 24a, 1484 EN Graft. Tel: 0299-673032.
- Farm Schermereylandt, Oostdijkje 7 1483 AA De Rijp, Tel: 0299-673757.
Starting point Schermerhorn:A good starting-point is near Schermerhorn near the Museum Windmill. Coming from Alkmaar you pass the exit Schermerhorn and turn right just across the bridge. This is a dead end and there is no sign. At the end of the road you see a kayak-pier on your left.
Starting point Driehuizen:Another good starting point is in Driehuizen. Enter the village across the bridge and then turn right. Just outside the village you see the kayak pier on your left. From this point you can paddle towards De Lei or to the left behind the houses of Driehuizen. Restaurant De Vriendschap can be reached from the water. Their speciality is pancakes.
The area once was an island situated between the Schermer and Beemster. These are now polders reclaimed from the sea. The land-level of this area is much higher, although you don't get that impression when kayaking on the many canals. De Rijp once was a sea-port from where whale hunters sailed to Spitsbergen.
GPS Schermerhorn: Lat. 52.5981 Lon. 4.8762. Driehuizen: Lat. 52.5782 Lon. 4.8040.
Starting point Schermerhorn.
In the distance you see Grootschermer.