Johans Kayak Site

River Kromme Rijn

A round trip of 18.5 km on the Langbroekwetering, Cothergrift and Kromme Rijn between Odijk and Cothen.

It is advisable to make tris trip clockwise as there is more current on the Kromme Rijn than there is on the Langbroekerwetering. It is not difficult to paddle against the current, but especially where the river is narrow like between Odijk and Werkhoven, it certainly slows you down.

It's not advisable to start in Wijk bij Duurstede. There is limited parking space and there's paid parking. The sides are rather steep.

Kayak rentals:

Paviljoen Buiten, Singel 40 A, 3984 NZ Odijk. Tel.: 030-6624746.
De Biologische Boer, Langbroekerdijk A48, 3947 BJ Langbroekerwetering. Tel.: 06-23153685 (Tom Verkerk).
Family restaurant De Jonge Graaf, Graaf van Lynden van Sandenburgweg 2a, 3945 PB Cothen. Tel.: 06-21982306.


Camping Strosteeg, Langbroekerdijk 23A, 3972 NC Driebergen-Rijsenburg. Tel.: 06-28570895.

To the starting-point Odijk:

Exit the highway A12 between Utrecht and Arnhem at exit 19 towards Wijk bij Duurstede. Turn left at Odijk. The road goes around the village. After a bridge turn right on the Rijnseweg in the direction Langbroek. After the second bump in the road you see the starting-point on your right.

Alternative starting points:

From the starting-point Odijk you go to the left. After a short distance you come at a weir. This is the most difficult one in the trip. Many plants make it difficult to go to the side. After a while you see on your right Castle Sterkenburg. Before you come to Langbroek you pass another weir. In Langbroek you turn right on the Cothergrift. Here's another weir. When you come at the Kromme Rijn it is 3 km to the left towards Wijk bij Duurstede. For the round-trip you turn right under the bridge. You come at the weir of Cothen. There are good kayak-piers here. About 2 km to the north you can turn left following the original course of the the river. There is a side-canal that leads towards the Amsterdam-Rijn Kanaal. There is a small recreation area at the pumping station. A little further the river and the shortcut join. About 2 km further you come at another weir near Werkhoven. Then you see on your right the castle Beverweerd. Currently there is an exhibition of painter Geert Jan Jansen. After the woods the river meanders throught the meadows and you return to Odijk. You see the starting-point on your right.

GPS Rhijnauen: Lat 52.0683 Lon 5.1778
GPS Bunnik Tolhuisbrug: Lat 52.0686 Lon 5.2034
GPS Odijk weir: Lat 52.0509 Lon 5.2450

Starting-point at Odijk where the Langbroekerwetering flows into the Kromme Rijn.

Castle Sterkenburg.


Cothergrift with the church of Langbroek.

Detour on the meander in the river. In the background on the right you see the watertower of Werkhoven.

Portage at the weir near Werkhoven. There are good kayak piers.

On the stream that runs parrallel to the Kromme Rijn.

Castle Beverweerd.

You can navigate around the castle and pass under the beautiful iron bridge.

Chestnut tree is blossom near caste Beverweerd.

There are no kayak piers at the weirs in the Langbroekerwetering. You have to be a bit handy at the portages. In the Cothergrift a new weir has been made, again without kayak piers. Portage is possible (but not easy) on the terrain of the fire-brigade.


In the past the main stream of the Rhine (Rijn) was from Wijk bij Duurstede to the north towards Utrecht. From there it went west (the present Oude Rijn). If formed the northern boundary of the Roman Empire. In the year 1122 a dam was made so that the main current changed to the west. The Kromme Rijn was of great importance for transporting goods towards Utrecht. In 1126 the Langbroekerwetering was made for cultivation of the peat between the Kromme Rijn and the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. In 1635 the Cothergrift was made to make a faster connection to Utrecht. Because of the many bridges the boats were towed by manpower. The canal is rather narrow so boats were rather small. Because of the weirs (no locks) the canal is no longer accessible for boats. Only kayaks can go there.