De Bisonbaai

Gelderland  >  Netherlands

De Bisonbaai is a former sand wharf in a bend of the river Waal. It is part of the famous Ooijpolder, a popular birding destination in The Netherlands.

Added by Remko Harbers


De Bisonbaai is a lake surrounded by some trees and bushes. At very high tide of the river the Waal, the area is flooded, and it is connected to this river.

Around wintertime you can see many species of waterfowl. A number of geese can be seen every winter (Barnacle GooseGreylag Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose). And most of the times you can see Common GoldeneyeSmewGoosander, and sometimes Common Kingfisher. In spring and summer you can also see Black Tern



You can park your car at hotel restaurant Oortjeshekken (and eat or drink something) or in the carpark next to it (cost 2 euro). You can also park your car along the road, but be careful where to park (some areas are not allowed and you can be fined (€ 95).

You can also use your bike to get there, it is only about twenty minutes from the city of Nijmegen.

The area is easily accessible by foot (see route). After heavy rain the route can be a bit slippery.

Terrain and Habitat

Lake, Scattered trees and bushes


Flat, High water possible

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring, Autumn, Winter

Best time to visit

Winter, Spring, Autumn


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

In summertime when the weather is very good, the Bisonbaai is a popular place to go swimming. It can then be very busy with people, and it can be difficult to find a place to park your car. This is not the best time to go birdwatching...

Birdingplaces Near

The Groenlanden and the Oude Waal. Both areas are describes on Birdingplaces.eu

View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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