Johans Kayak Site


Kayak rentals

Rentals of electro boats and kayaks at Theetuin Overleek, Overleek 6, 1141 PD Monnickendam. Tel.: 0299-652735.

Round trip passed Monnickendam and Zuiderwoude 18 km. No portages.

Towards Broek in Waterland:

From the Amsterdam beltway take exit S116 to the north. At the traffic-lights in Broek in Waterland you turn left across the bridge (Broek in Waterland Zuid). The name of the street is "Nieuwland". At the end of the street you turn left, and then left again. In the centre of the village there is a lake on you right hand. This is a good place to start. You can also start on the other side of the lake. Then exit at Broek in Waterland Noord. (no motorized traffic allowed on this road before 9.00 a.m.).

From the starting-point you go to the right (like the blue route). After two bridges you come at the end of the village. Keep to the right. When you come at the lake you turn right. You pass a small camp-site: De Leek. On the north-side of the lake is Theetuin Overleek. At the end of the lake you enter the canal on the right. The canal then makes a big bend to the left en you come to Monnickendam. Pass the bridge under road N247 and turn left. The canal is next to the road. At the end of the canal you turn right and follow the bend to the right. Then at the T-junction you turn left. The next side-canal to the left is a dead-end at the locks, but very nice to have a look. Straight on the canal bends to the right you leave the old center. When the canal becomes wider you turn left under the white bridge. You're still on the blue route. After a kilometer you come at a lake, the Ooster Ae. You keep left and turn left into the canal and then turn right. At the end of the canal there is a passage to the lake De Poel. You cross the lake and in the right corner there is a canal to the lake Ooster Ae. You pass the lake to the far side (south-west). At the other side you enter the canal. At the T-junction you turn left. Now you head for the village Zuiderwoude. Just before the village you turn right under the bridge. Just after the bridge you turn left. Here the canal goes behind the houses of the Dorpsstraat. You pass the wine shop Suyderwou's Wijnloods, where you can buy great wines (open Friday to Sunday). At the last house of the village there is a tea-garden 't Einde. Here you turn left on the Zwet. Take the first side-canal to the right. This is shallow water, and it slows you down. You cross the lake Groote Meer. On the other side the canal is still shallow. Turn right and left again. Finally you come at the lake Uitdammer Die. There is a kayak-pier on your left. You can paddles passed Uitdam and then head south-west around the small island. The island is private property. You continue on the lake in the direction of Holysloot. Just before Holysloot you turn right into a canal. Follow the canal and you pass a wooden lift-bridge. Then you come at another lake, the Bozen Meertje. You go across enter the canal. Keep following this canal till you reach the first houses of Broek in Waterland. You go under a bridge and turn right. At the end of the canal you come at road N247. Turn left at the T-junction and then right under the bridge. Take the canal to the left and you return at the starting point.

GPS Lat. 52.4349 Lon. 4.9952

Downloadable GPS-track (23.7 km): Waterland.

Broek in Waterland.

De Leek.


Monnickendam: the Middendamsluis.

Between the Oost Ae and the Kerk Ae.

Bridge near Zuiderwoude.

View from the bridge at Zuiderwoude.



Near the Arken Ae. The passage to the Kerk Ae is closed with a beam.

Locks at the Volgermeer. There also is a dam with kayak piers. The only purpose of the locks is to show what it looked like in the past. As the Volgermeer was lower than Waterland the locks open away from the Volgermeer.
For many years the Volgermeer polder was used as the Amsterdam city dump. In the 1960's large amounts of toxic waste was illegally dumped. When discovered the bad state of the barrels made further investigation imposible. Known is that they contain dioxin and agent orange, highly toxic substances. Removing the complete dump would be very costly and dangerous. So in the 1980's a plan was made to isolate the dangerous place. The dump was covered with earth, foil, sand and then more earth with lakes. A new technology was discovered that turns new vegetation into peat. It appeared this perfectly isolates the toxics. Tests have proved that so far no venom was found in the surrounding polders, although they are 6 meters below the ground-level of the Volgermeer. The area is now a new nature reserve. From the nearby Broek in Waterland you can navigate to the polder, portage and paddle a short distance on the new canal in the polder.


At the kayak pier in Zuiderwoude there's even a tap for drinking-water.