From water skiing to sailing: Here are 10 fun things to do on the Maasplassen lakes
The interconnected lakes of the Maasplassen form the biggest playground for water sports enthusiasts in the Netherlands. But what else is there to do there? Plenty, even if you’re not the sporty type. From swimming to sailing and from scuba diving to simply lounging, here are 10 fun things to do in the Maasplassen lake district.
1. Take a ferry
Planning to go cycling along the Maasplassen lakes? Don’t stop at the water’s edge – take a ferry to the other side. Ferries operate at numerous spots along the Maasplassen from April to October. Hop on board at Ool, Ohé en Laak, Neer, Kessel or Thorn, for example, and explore the best cycling routes along the Maasplassen lakes.
2. Spend a day on the beach
Are your children begging to go to the beach? Or are you longing for a quiet day of sunbathing? With so many beaches dotted along the Maasplassen, you can do both. Stevensweert Beach is an ideal spot for babies and toddlers to play safely and quietly. AreaX and Fun Beach Panheel are terrific for older children exploding with energy.
Fun Beach Panheel
3. Rent a sloop or boat
Do you enjoy being at the helm of your own boat and charting a course across the Maasplassen? Then rent a sloop or motorboat from one of many rental companies along the lakes. Tourist Information for central Limburg (VVV Midden-Limburg) has put together a list for you. If you prefer a more energetic passage across the Maasplassen, then hire a canoe instead. The Maasplassen lake district is a splendid base for exploring the northern and southern stretches of the river Maas. The lakes are located more or less in the middle of the province. Go south and you can explore the Dutch-Belgian border and Maastricht; head north and you come to Venlo and the Maas dunes. But even if you’d rather not venture too far, there’s plenty to do on the Maasplassen lakes.
4. Go sailing
Learn to sail or rent a sailboat at Frissen sailing school in Roermond. Children as young as 7 are welcome there, and the school also offers 3-day sailing courses. Whether or not you have a sailing licence, you can easily rent a sailboat or a sloop and explore every nook and cranny of the Maasplassen.
Sailing in Roermond
5. Take a boat tour
Would you rather leave the navigating to an experienced captain? Then take a boat tour of the Maasplassen. Tours depart from various spots along the lakes and will take you to every corner of the lake district. Most tours start at Roermond’s Roerkade quay, the marina in Maasbracht, or the nearby villages of Neer and Kessel. Tourist Information for central Limburg (VVV-Midden Limburg) has put together a handy list for you.
6. Spend a day exploring Roermond
There’s more to the Maasplassen than sailing, sunbathing, wakeboarding or swimming. The beautiful cathedral city of Roermond lies on the water’s edge. Not only is it the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese but it is also a charming town with welcoming squares and inviting outdoor cafes. And if shopping is your hobby, then you’ll love Roermond. The Designer Outlet Center, home to 200 international fashion brands, is located close to the waters of the Maasplassen.
7. Go scuba diving
There’s no need to travel to the ends of the earth to go scuba diving when you have the Maasplassen right round the corner. Duiklocatie Boschmolenplas in Heel is ideal for scuba diving. Exquisite aquatic wildlife awaits you beneath the surface. The water is expertly filtered and clear as crystal, with good visibility as a result. You’ll have a clear view of objects that you can dive to on the bottom, for example.
8. Go water skiing (or wakeboarding, or …)
We mentioned above that the interconnected lakes of the Maasplassen are the biggest playground for water sports enthusiasts in the Netherlands. Every imaginable type of water sport is possible here, from water skiing to wakeboarding, jet skiing and flyboarding – even surfing. AreaX and Fun Beach are the go-to destinations.
9. Go fishing
If you prefer a less strenuous form of exercise, then the Maasplassen are naturally also ideal for angling. You can basically set up your fishing rod anywhere along the lakes, as long as you have the VISpas angling licence. The licence allows you to cast a line whenever you like. If you’re a one-off angler, then purchase a one-week licence.
10. Go clubbing
Imagine yourself at a trendy beach club on Ibiza or the French Riviera. Now imagine the same club in the middle of Limburg! The Maasplassen lake district offers a choice pick of restaurants, bars and clubs for an entertaining evening or night out. NU Nautilus, for example, is centrally located, and Sunset Lounge is near De Weerd, where you’ll also find AreaX beach.