The Lauwersmeer area is a relatively new nature reserve. Fear of flooding led to the construction of a dam in 1969. A beautiful new landscape was created on the former seabed, a real bird paradise. The nature in the Lauwersmeer is so special that the area has been designated as a National Park. There is a lot of variation in the vegatation, which also makes the area special for many different birds. Many birds can be seen here all year round. Migratory birds and wanderers are also often seen here. There are also many birds in the surrounding reed fields.
You can park the car near the observation hide. From there it is a five minute walk. There are many beautiful places nearby, also easily accessible by car. The best thing is to leave the car near the cabin and continue cycling.
Terrain and HabitatLake, Wetland, Grassland, Reedbeds
ConditionsFlat, Open landscape, Swampy, High water possible, No shadow
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitWinter, Spring migration, Spring, Autumn, Autumn migration, Summer
RouteUnpaved road, Narrow trail, Paved road
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byBicycle, Car
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
The bird watching hide located on the Jaap Deensgat is a beautiful shed overlooking the Lauwersmeer. You are looking south, therefore the best time to visit is in the morning or evening.
There is a bird viewing platform nearby. A must to visit as well. You can also take the car, bicycle or walk.