Gooimeer lake on the one side, IJmeer and Markermeer lakes on the other. This is what makes Almere a true paradise for water sports enthusiasts. You can sail right through Almere with a small motor boat or canoe. Discover the Noorderplassen nature reserve by dinghy, rent a canoe or sailing boat or book a tour on an excursion boat. Water aplenty!

Water sports overview

You can enjoy many different water sports in this water rich city, including:

  • Sailing
  • Canoeing
  • Waterskiing/wakeboarding
  • Sailing in a dinghy
  • Boat tours
  • Fishing
  • Kite surfing
  • Surfing
  • Flyboarding
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Large lakes

Almere is surrounded by three large lakes: Gooimeer, Markermeer and IJmeer. You can experience the freedom of a full day’s pleasure on the water. There are few better places to be on a beautiful summer's day. You will find bustling café or restaurant terraces to have a break or round off your day with a refreshing ice cold drink and something delicious to eat.

Almere sailing map

The VVV Almere Tourist Info offers three sailing routes set out on a map and available for €1. The map has full information about sailing in and around Almere, key telephone numbers and the locations of all harbours, as well as water sports enterprises.

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'De Blauwe As' boating route

The De Blauwe As boating route runs from the Gooimeer lake to the Markermeer lake, taking in everything beautiful Almere has to offer. Enjoy the small harbours and beaches, sail through a magnificent nature reserve, see beavers, go wakeboarding or flyboarding, indulge yourself in one of the many restaurants or relax on any of the numerous islands.


Weerwater, the large lake right in the heart of Almere is a popular recreational spot, particularly in fine weather. This is the place for swimming, sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding or anything else you can think of doing on or beside the water. You can quickly sail to the Noorderplassen nature reserve or the Gooimeer lake via the Almere canals. 


The Gooimeer lake is also within easy reach via the harbour in Almere Haven from where you can head off in any direction. The large Gooimeer lake is an excellent place for putting your motorboat or sailing boat through its paces. 

Locks and bridges operating times

Information regarding the operating times of the De Blocq van Kuffeler lock at the Markermeer can be found here. You will also find the Almere Haven to the Gooimeer lake lock operating times on this page. The locks within Almere can be operated by anyone, 24 hours per day.

A guided boat trip through Almere

Would you like to discover Almere from the water? Fancy a fantastic and unforgettable day out sailing right through the heart of city? Then get on board with Almere Veertje. Sailing trips are available from the beginning of April to the end of September.


Did you know that Almere benefits from over 42 kilometres of coastline and has the largest catamaran beach in the whole of Europe? This long coastline is jewelled with beaches, where you can play, relax or swim to your heart's content.
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