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Your Travel Guide To Lake IJssel

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Discover the IJsselmeer – Holland’s biggest lake

The IJsselmeer is a beautiful and often overlooked body of water that lies in the western part of the Netherlands. The IJsselmeer, or IJssel Lake, was created after several dams were built upstream to control flooding and create new land for agricultural use.

In recent years it has become one of Holland’s major recreational areas with numerous campsites and marinas along its shores. Kayaking, sailing and other watersports are popular activities here as well as birdwatching - many species of migratory birds can be spotted around the lake during certain times of the year.

Overall, the IJsselmeer is a great place for tourists who want to enjoy some recreation and explore Holland from a unique perspective!

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Outdoor activities

Kayaking: Kayaking is one of the most popular activities at the IJsselmeer and with good reason – it's a great way to explore the lake's diverse array of habitats while taking in stunning views across the water.

Sailing: Sailing regattas regularly take place at certain times each year, making it an ideal spot for competitive sailors wanting to test their skills against fellow enthusiasts.

Fishing: Anglers can cast out for pike and perch in these waters, making it a great spot for those who love fishing. It's also a great way to learn about the lake's ecosystem and observe wildlife such as birds and small mammals.

Hiking & Cycling: There are plenty of trails along the lake's edge that offer spectacular views over its many coves and lagoons. These trails are perfect for sightseeing or getting some exercise on foot or by bike!

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For nature lovers / bird wachting and wandering

The IJsselmeer is a bustling destination in the Netherlands, offering plenty to do for those who come to explore. Whether you're interested in history, nature, or recreation, this stunning body of water has something for everyone!

Birdwatching in the IJsselmeer is best during the months of April and May, when many species of migratory birds arrive to the lake. There are a variety of rare species that can be spotted including ducks, waders, and geese. These birds make their way up from Africa, stopping to rest and feed in the IJselmeer before continuing on their journey north. Birdwatchers should also be aware that many different species visit this body of water throughout the year, so it can be enjoyed year-round!

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