Eemsdelta in and on the water

The Groningen countryside has a vast number of canals, lakes and waters, all of which provide a very different view of the area and buildings. Get on board a sloop or canoe to take in Eemsdelta from an entirely different angle. And when you want to take a dip in the water, you can come here for a refreshing swim in one of the special swimming locations in the Eemsdelta. 


Dust off those paddles and hop on a canoe or kayak – take your own or hire one locally. Actively explore the region on the water and paddle through the historic centre of Appingedam, or take to the mud flats. 

Stand-up paddleboarding

SUP stands for ‘Stand Up Paddle’. The Eemsdelta looks entirely different when you stand on a SUP board to paddle through the water. Relaxed or intense: this sport on the water requires the use of all your muscles, so it’s a really good workout for your body.


The intriguing Loodskotter Eems pilot cutter departs from the seaport of Delfzijl. Step on board, where you are brought right back into the past. The wooden deck, thick masts and heavy ropes and lines all exude the ambiance of days long gone. Experience how easy the ship glides through the waves during a voyage across the open seas. Everyone is sure to have a great time, no matter how experienced. 

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Eemsdelta has so much to offer for fans of water recreation: from the city of Groningen, sail to the meandering waters in Eemsdelta via the Damsterdiep canal. The region is dotted with various marinas with all required amenities. Sail past colossal ships in the seaport of Delfzijl, or venture out to the historic pumping-station in Termunterzijl; there are just so many places to visit and moor your boat. 


Eemsdelta features a few very special swimming locations, which are perfect for a cool dip in summer or an icy one on a crisp winter morning. Spread your towel on one of the sea beaches or swim in a unique saltwater pool near Loppersum. 

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