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The Klompenwaard is a floodplain at the point where the river river Rhine splits apart in Waal and Nederrijn. It's in the middle of 'De Gelderse Poort'. 

Added by Twan Teunissen


It's small but beautiful area. Combined with a visit to the fort (Fort Pannerden) in the middle of the reserve or the nearby castle (Kasteel Doornenburg), it's well worth the visit.

The reserve has thickets of nettle and thistles with very high densities of Marsh WarblerGreater WhitethroatGrasshopper Warbler and Reed Bunting. In the parts with a bit more bushes Meadow PipitEuropean Goldfinch and Lesser Whitethroat are common. Along the small lake and side channel there are some breeding waterbirds like Great Crested GrebeTufted DuckGadwall and in most years Common Kingfisher and Garganey.

The fort in the middle of the reserve is a museum nowadays. Visitors have free access to the rooftop terrace with a great view. Eurasian Kestrel and Eurasian Jackdaw breeding in the fort can be seen from the roof. At night, Barn Owl can be seen around the fort.

When looking east from the fort you can see a colony of Great Cormorant and Grey Heron. This site can be reached with the car ferry across the channel.

In summer a small ferry crosses the river Waal to nature reserve Millingerwaard.



The Klompenwaard can be reached from Doornenburg. There is a parking place outside the village. In summer there are even TukTuks that can take you to the fort.

Inside the reserve the only option is a visit on foot.

Terrain and Habitat

Grassland, Scattered trees and bushes, River



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Summer


Unpaved road, Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Birdingplaces Near

The Klompenwaard is just west of the Gendtse Waard. Across the river lies the Millingerwaard, in summer connected with a small ferry. To the east are the Rijnstrangen.

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


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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