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River Vecht
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This former river connects the city Utrecht to the IJsselmeer at Muiden. Total length is 41 km.

  1. A day trip from the locks of the Hilversums Kanaal to Weesp is 13 km (26 km both ways).
  2. A day trip from the locks of the Hilversums Kanaal to the locks Kraaienestsluis just south of Breukelen is 11.5 km (23 km both ways).
  3. A day trip from Nieuwersluis to the city center of Utrecht is 14 km (28 km both ways) A detour along the Loosdrechtse Plassen is 4 km extra. It is possible to camp at the Weersluis in the north of Breukelen.

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A day trip from the locks of the Hilversums Kanaal to Weesp is 26 km

Starting point:

Starting point is at the locks where the Hilversums Kanaal connects to the Vecht. Exit the highway A2 at Vinkeveen and drive in the direction of Hilversum. You pass Vreeland and then after 2 km you turn left towards Nederhorst den Berg. There is a sharp bend to the right and here you see the locks named 't Hemeltje. There is a new kayak pier on the left.

From the locks 't Hemeltje head north passing the lake named De Nes. A little further you pass the cheese and icecream farm De Willigen. Then follow the bends in the river towards Nigtevecht. Turn right and follow the river. Turn right again at fortress Hinderdam. You can also paddle around it, but the water behind the fortress is filled with dead trees so you must puzzle a bit to find your way through. A little further you see on your left the entrance to a small lake. On your right are the locks towards the lake Spiegelplas. There are no kayak piers here. Follow the river and on you right you see the fortress Uitermeer. If you turn right there is a kayak pier just behind the bridge where you can go to the side for a break. At the locks towards the 's Gravelandse Vaart there are kayak piers also. Follow the bends in the river. Then the river becomes wider and you see Weesp in the distance. Just before the bridge is restaurant De Schalkse on your right and they have a nice low pier so you easily can go to the side. You can not make a round trip in Weesp. There is only one canal, but that is a dead end. From Weesp you can navigate to Amsterdam: across the Amsterdam Rijn Kanaal follow the Gaasp and the Weespertrekvaart to the Amstel (11.6 km).

GPS 't Hemeltje: Lat 52.2441 Lon 5.0476

Castle at Nederhorst den Berg.

Fortress Uitermeer.

Weesp.

Weesp.

"The Vechthoeve" or "Pippi Langkoushuis" was moved 300 meters away from highway A1 near Muiden because a new aqueduct will be made at the old location.

2. Hilversums Kanaal to Breukelen 11.5 km (23 km both ways). A round trip along the Loosdrechtse Plassen is 4 km extra.

From the starting point you enter the Vecht and turn left. After 2 km you come at the village Vreeland. At the first bridge there is a nice place for a break on your right. There is a small grocery shop across the bridge to the left. At 2.5 km from Vreeland you come at Loenen. There is a small park about 200 meters north of the bridge where you can go to the side. There is a good restaurant: De Heeren. Walk passed the church and turn right towards the main road. Just south of Loenen you pass the locks Mijndense Sluis on your left towards the Drecht connecting to the Loosdrechtse Plassen. There are no kayak piers here and it is not possible to carry the kayak passed the locks. At 2 km passed Loenen you come at Nieuwersluis. At the remains of the locks next to the bridge is a new kayak pier on your right. There is a parking space that belongs to the restaurant 't Stoute Soldaatje (customers only). After the bridge you see a military prison. At 1 km passed Nieuwersluis you see the first houses of Breukelen. Here you also see locks on your left. The canal also connects to the Loosdrechtse Plassen. You can operate the locks by yourself. There is camera surveillance. It is also possible to take the kayak out and carry it passed the locks (more advisable if you're just by yourself). There are no kayak piers in Breukelen. After 3 km you have passed Breukelen and you see the castle Nijenrode on your right. A little further there are locks on the left also connecting to the Loosdrechtse Plassen named Kraaienestsluis. These locks also can be operated by yourself. You can also take the kayak out and carry it passed the locks. It is possible to make a round trip to the Loosdrechtse Plassen. On this trip I turned back at this point.
From Nieuwersluis you can navigate to the Vinkeveense Plassen. To the Geuzensloot (you have to cross the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal) is 4 km.

GPS 't Hemeltje: Lat 52.2441 Lon 5.0476
GPS Nieuwersluis: Lat 52.1965 Lon 5.0088

Starting point 't Hemeltje near the Hilversums Kanaal.

Vreeland.

Loenen.

Loenen.

Estate between Nieuwersluis and Breukelen.

Tienhovensch Kanaal.

3. A trip from Nieuwersluis to the city center of Utrecht is 14 km (28 both ways). A detour to the Loosdrechtse Plassen is 4 km extra.

Starting point is at the new kayak pier near the bridge of Nieuwesluis.

You can take the kayak off the boat on the parking space of River Cafe De Kampioen just at the kayak pier. But you'll have to park elsewhere because this area is for customers only. You can park in the narrow street (dead end) across the main road.

You paddle to the south for about 1 km. Then you see locks on your left. You can carry passed the locks for a detour to the Loosdrechtse Plassen or go straight on towards Utrecht. For the detour you follow the narrow canal. At the yacht harbor you keep to the right. There are numerous narrow islands that stretch east-west. Some of them are no more than a few poles or dead branches sticking out of the water. Others are very nice with cottages on it. At the end of the lake you come at a dike stretching north-south separating the area from the Loosdrechtse Plassen. There are passages at various places so you can either paddle on the canal west of the dike or go on the big lake. You turn right (south) and follow the dike for 2 km. At the end of the lake (and the canal) there is a small harbor. You turn right into the Tienhovens Kanaal. You pass the former fortress Tienhoven. You can paddle around it, but there's really nothing to see. The fortress has been given back to the nature and there's no access. A little further on you come at the locks Kraaienestsluis. You carry passed the locks and you turn left on the Vecht towards Utrecht. Just before you enter Maarssen there is a beautiful estate on your left named Goudestein. Often there are couples having there wedding pictures made here. There even is a marked spot for wedding boats. At the coach-house there is a chemists-shop-museum. This is a nice place for a break. There are no kayak piers in Maarssen. In Maarssen the river connects to the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal. There are locks, but usually they are open. There are many cargo boats on the canal and for safety reasons kayaking on the canal is prohibited. After Maarssen the the river makes a big S-bend and the you come at the small village Oud Zuilen. Some further on you see the first houses of Utrecht, but it is still quite some distance towards the locks Weerdsluis in the city center. There are new kayak piers at the locks. The side is rather hight. There are stairs, but they are rather steep. In the summertime many boats pass the locks, so you also can lock through. The fee is 3 euro no matter the size of the ship (kayak). After you pass the locks you seen the Dom-tower straight ahead. Go straight on and on the Oudegracht you can go to the side for eiter a walk, or have lunch on a terrace along the canal. For more details see my page about Utrecht.

GPS 't Hemeltje: Lat 52.2441 Lon 5.0476
GPS Nieuwersluis: Lat 52.1965 Lon 5.0088

A detour to the Loosdrechtse Plassen passing numerous narrow islands.

Estate Goudestein near Maarssen.

Maarssen.

Oud Zuilen.

Unique about this river is that the current (if there is any) is in the opposite direction from the IJsselmeer towards Utecht. Only at extensive rainfall it runs to the north. Usually there is hardly any current at all. The river is very beaytiful to kayak on. The problem was that most of the land along the river is privately owned, so there was no access for kayaks. In the spring of 2006 a number of kayak-piers as well as a few places where you can camp were made. So now the river is also suitable for trips by kayak. There are many yachts and smaller boats on the river, but as there are many houseboats and bends maximum speed is often 6 km/h. Commercial ships take the Amsterdam-Rijn Kanaal, so you won't see any on the river. A map of the area is available at the tourist offices VVV

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