Lake Ouderkerk

Springtime Ouderkerk Boating

Lake Ouderkerk graces the Amsterdam ‘Green Belt’ of Amstelland like a shimmering mirage. This lovely man-made lake was dug during sand extraction for highway building on one of the famed polders of North Holland and soon developed into the perfect…

Vechtplassen

Rijksmuseum Muiderslot Castle

The Vechtplassen or Vecht Lakes of North Holland are one of the most famous water playgrounds in the Netherlands. Man-made water bodies created by the harvesting of peat in the 17th century, the shallow lake systems stretch along both sides…

Kagerplassen

Kagerplassen Windmill

One of the most popular waterways in the Netherlands is the Kagerplassen or Kaag Lakes. This series of ten lakes is connected by canals which make the entire system accessible to pleasure boaters. The waterway consists of five larger lakes…

Lake Markermeer

Shore View of Laguna Bacalar

Markermeer is a lake that was not meant to stay; however, it is now a popular vacation getaway and nature reserve. The nearly 173,000 acre lake was once known as the Zuiderzee, a saltwater inlet of the North Sea. Construction…

Lake IJssel

Shore View of a Frozen Lake IJssel

Lake IJssel, also known as Lake Yssel and Lake IJsselmeer, stretches approximately 296,500 acres across the north central region of the Netherlands. Lake IJssel borders several provinces including Flevoland, North Holland, and Friesland. The name of the lake comes from…