Mention Midden-Limburg and soon you’ll be talking about watersports. After all, water is everywhere. Anyone who has any affinity for water recreation will feel like the proverbial fish in the water on and around the river Meuse and Maasplassen. Some even speak of a paradise. Pretentious or fact?
The River Maas and its relationship to watersports needs no introduction. Equally interesting are the Maasplassen, a vast, interconnected network of large and small lakes, formed by gravel extraction. With an area of over 3000 acres it is the largest contiguous watersports area in the Netherlands. The people of Limburg and regular visitors to the Maasplassen do not know better, but because of its diversity the entire area is rather unique. Its suitable for swimming, surfing, sailing, diving and water skiing. There are several modern marinas, beautiful beaches and excellent fishing spots. Therefore Eldorado is not such a pretentious name.
To get an idea of the size and beauty of the Meuse, the Maasplassen and other waters in Midde-Limburg, it is highly recommended to go on one of the various boat trips and cruises. Naturally, if you are the proud owner of a vessel, you can explore the area on your own. No vessel, boat or sail yacht in the garage? Then perhaps renting is an option, possibly in combination with a short instruction or course. Can you picture it? At the wheel of a beautiful yacht, gently gliding over the water. After a while you can enjoy an exquisite lunch ashore in one of the many restaurants. Calmly sailing along and watch the evening sun set in the glittering Maas. Well?
Water recreation with muscular power-driven crafts, like for instance canoeing, kayaking, rafting, … on the Common Maas between Lanaken/Borgharen and Kinrooi/Stevensweert,is not always that easy. The Common Maas is a rain-fed river, therefore the water level can rise fiercely and fast. Furthermore the velocity of the flow can differ depending on the location and on the changeable weather conditions. Therefore every canoeist should bear in mind the wayward character of the Common Maas. Be on your guard! Navigate safely and be prepared for unexpected situations.
See the short introduction video about the Maasplassen (Maaswaters)