Hi! Welcome at my kayak site. My name is Johan. One of my hobbies is kayaking. I like to explore new places where you can kayak.
I also like photography and working on websites.
So the result is a website about where you can kayak and lots of photo's on it.
This is a personal page about touristic kayaking. So no information about white water or sea kayaking.
You can read where to kayak in the Netherlands and you can also find information about some places in other countries where I've been.
I like to share the information I gathered over the years. It is not a coverage of all the places where you can kayak, there's still a lot to explore.
So every year I write updates and I still add new pages to the site.
I hope you will enjoy it and that it may inspire you to take your kayak to the water.
If you may find something incorrect in the described routes, or if you have any suggestions, please let me know. Then I can make corrections so other people can benefit from it.
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kanokaart.nl. A map of the Netherlands with kayak related information.
Information about the weather on
Images and info about the weather on
TKBN Touristic kayak club of the Netherlands.
Air BNB Find a place to stay overnight.
GPS Coordinates for calculation between Ddmmss and DDmmmm (decimal minutes).
Routeradar Up-to-date traffic information.
The Naked Kayaker Here you find a map with kayak rentals.
I don't rent out kayaks myself!Just to be clear: I only share information about where to kayak. If there is a kayak rental, it is mentioned on the page. You have to contact the kayak-rental yourself, I'm not a middleman.
- Apeldoorns Kanaal at Hattem The route has been updated. There are new kayak piers. But portage to the Wetering near Wapenveld is almost impossible now.
- Egmond A new page about the route from Alkmaar to the Abbey of Egmond-Binnen and Egmond aan de Hoef.
Opening of the new system with numbered poles on April 2.
In de Eilandspolder a new route system with numbered poles was made. Also the routes got new coloured markers. New facilities like a new kayak pier in the center of De Rijp, and kayak piers at the locks in West-Graftdijk will be made. After the breeding season new kayak piers will be made in the polder. The opening festifal was on April 2 in Graft where the first numbered pole was reveiled.
- Groningen: New page with a route from the Paterswoldsemeer to the city center of Groningen.
- Linschoten: Page update with the advise to make this route clockwise.
- Lauwersmeer: I split the page into Ezumazijl and Lauwersmeer. I made a bike-trip in the area and made some new photo's. Portage to the Reitdiep at the locks is no longer possible as the kayak piers have been taken away. However, you can portage at the camping on the peninsula. I changed it on the map.
On August 22 this tree almost had me killed. It was a drizzly morning when I paddled on the Kromme Rijn towards Utrecht. There were people working in the woods. Suddenly I heard very loud cracks and it was very close. I expected there would be someone working behind a bush. But the sounds were alarmingly loud, like gunshots. Somehow it frightened me and I paddled fast. Then all of a sudden a giant chestnut tree just broke and fell across the river just behind me. It was in the water where I was just seconds ago. So I realized this was a narrow escape... Some of the forest workers ran towards me and were relieved no-one was hurt. It was very spooky. There was no wind at all, just a drizzling rain. You would expect something like this can happen on a stormy day and not when everything in the woods is quiet. I forgot to make a photo of the tree lying in the water. On the way back the passage was made clear. But I made this photo of the split tree-trunk.
- Eernewoude: A new route is made north of Eernewoude, a round along the Eernewoudemeer. It's also possible to navigate around the Jan Durks Polder. On the west site of the polder a watch-tower is made. I paddles around both routes and made GPS-tracks. I drew a new map covering a larger area, and it has more detail. And of course there are new photo's.
- Warga: New route of 16 km. between Eernewoude and Leeuwarden.
- Eilandspolder: I made a trip to West Graftdijk and discovered it is possible to navigate a round trip. I made some updates on the map, and of course there are new photo's.
- Reeuwijk: A few things have changed in de Oude Dorpenroute. Weirs are made near the passage under the A12, but portage is made possible. The route has a length op 14 km. and now goes along Reeuwijk-Dorp. I made a new map and added some new photo's. Also there is a new starting point as the former camping no longer exists.
- Reeuwijkse Plassen: I added information about online purchase of a permit. I paddled around for a day and made the page up-to-date. I also made a new map with more details. I made a GPS-track of my round-trip (20.3 km), and of course there are new photo's.
- Medemblik: A new map with more detailed information and new photo's.
- Oregon City:
I went on a vacation to Oregon where I visited Oregon City. This place is the end of the Oregon Trail, the route that early settlers in de 18hundreds followed to the west of the United States. They came at the Willamette River, a side river of the Columbia River. At the waterfall Willamette Falls a power plant was built which enabled Portland to develop. This photo was made under the bridge of Highway 205, and in the distance you see the Willamette Falls.
And yes, depending on river conditions you can kayak here. There is a large floating kayak pier at Clackamette Park that is open to the public. Exit road 99E at the Mc Donalds and follow Clackamette Drive along the river towards the bridge. Just after the bridge you can rent kayaks at ENRG Kayaking, 1701 Clackamette Drive, Oregon City, OR 97045, U.S.A. From here you can kayak to the second largest waterfall in the U.S.A.
Unfortunately I could not do this. Because of bad weather and strong current, it was not safe to go.