Lake Markermeer, Flevoland & North Holland, Netherlands

Also known as:  Markermeer

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 of the Afsluitdijk dike and causeway in 1932 formed the freshwater Lake IJsselmeer. Later, Lake IJsselmeer was split with completion of the Houtribdijk dam and causeway in 1975, forming what – READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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Looking for Lake Markermeer cabins or other accommodations? Save time and use this interactive map to find, compare and book at the best rates. Or explore more of our favorite travel partners.

All About Lake Markermeer

Lake Locations: Netherlands - Flevoland - North Holland -

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 of the Afsluitdijk dike and causeway in 1932 formed the freshwater Lake IJsselmeer. Later, Lake IJsselmeer was split with completion of the Houtribdijk dam and causeway in 1975, forming what is now known as Markermeer and connecting the cities of Enkhuizen in North Holland province and Lelystad in Flevoland province. Today, Lake Markermeer is a freshwater playground in the north central region of the Netherlands, bordering the provinces of North Holland and Flevoland.

In 2004, Lake Markermeer became a protected nature reserve due to its bird habitat. Birds are not the only creatures that benefit from this body of water; nature lovers of all kinds flock to Lake Markemeer to partake in many recreational activities. Markermeer, along with Lake Ijsselmeer, offers many sailing routes for yachtsmen and sailboat enthusiasts. The unpredictability of the water will provide an adventurous challenge and offer different sailing conditions each time boaters venture out. Waves are generally short on Lake Markemeer, and there are days when the water is calm and makes a peaceful day for sailing.

With the waters of Lake Markemeer and Lake IJsselmeer cut off from the sea, fishing which was once a huge industry in many towns along the shores of the Zuiderzee is no longer prosperous. However, the quaint old fishing towns are now tourist attractions and are great places to sightsee. Cobblestone lanes and giant windmills greet visitors as they travel through the towns. Bicycling is very popular and is a wonderful way to see beautiful landscapes and views of Lake Markermeer. A stop in Volendam will provide tourists many restaurants where they can enjoy some Danish cuisine. Afterwards, sightseers can take a ferry from Volendam to Marken, an island on Lake Markermeer. The island is quaint with lush green pastures where it is common to find sheep grazing. Visitors to Marken enjoy the unique island ambience and views of the 1839 lighthouse, the Paard van Marken.

Lake Markemeer visitors who crave city life will find what they are looking for in Amsterdam, at the south end of the lake. Cafes, museums and a canals that run throughout the city will leave tourists eager to see more. Visitors can see the house where Anne Frank hid during WWII, or take a peek at the art hanging in the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum. Then they may dine at one of the many fine restaurants that can be found along the canals.

With a city like Amsterdam, it is not hard to find the perfect vacation rental. However, for a more rustic vacation getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, visitors will find many campgrounds around Lake Markemeer. Campers can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere with close proximity to the beautiful lake.

Cold weather should not discourage people from traveling to the Netherlands or to Lake Markemeer. The cold temperature freezes over many of the canals and rivers that run throughout the countryside, providing miles of ice skating surface. The winter months also provides opportunities for snow sledding, cross country skiing and snow shoeing.

In recent years Lake Markemeer has become a buffer against floodwaters and droughts. When drought hits, the surrounding area of Amsterdam relies on water from Lake Markermeer. Since 1975, silt build-up on the bottom of the lake reduced water quality and wildlife habitat. The government of the Netherlands has tackled this ongoing problem by creating an archipelago of artificial islands from the silt. The islands are called the Marker Wadden for the Wadden Islands off the country’s northern coast.

Visitors from all over the world enjoy Lake Markemeer’s beauty and recreational activities. Friends, families and honeymoon sweethearts can walk along cobblestone lanes, ride bicycles across the dikes, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Amsterdam, nicknamed the Venice of the North.

Things to Do at Lake Markermeer

  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Ice Skating
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Museum
  • Playground

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Recommended Sites to Book a Lake Markermeer Vacation

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  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
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Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Surface Area: 172,973 acres

Average Depth: 9 feet

Maximum Depth: 16 feet

Completion Year: 1976

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  • 2 bathrooms
  • hot tub
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