Travels with Paddles

a sea kayaking journal

Axel Schoevers (Photo: A. de Krook) Name:
Axel Schoevers
Rijswijk, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Biesbosch Paddling

The Biesbosch is a area of sloughs, remnant of a storm flood in the year 1421. Despite being more than 50 km away from the sea it is still a bit tidal with a range of about 20cm. Just enough to make some of the sloughs only accessible for kayaks at high water. Tides could increase more if they would ever decide to reopen the bigger Haringvliet estuary to the sea. Other variations in water level come from the seasonal river level/flow.

Beavers have been succesfully reintroduced and it is now a National Park. With it came a visitor centre, tour boats, boat rentals and the lot. In the summer it can be very busy. For kayaking, this is a great tranquill winter/spring/fall paddling destination. The latest 'update' to the Biesbosch is big tree trunks in the deeper/wider sloughs. I think it is artificial or the Beavers now use power tools. Apparently it is for better fish habitat.

And I quickly spotted a Kingfisher. That is driving on the road to the visitor centre I saw one on one of the big billboards that show the wildlife that inhabits the Biesbosch. Also osprey now nest here. This was a great 30K day with Jan.

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