Dronten (Drontermeer) - Genemuiden

Monday the 15th of June – our third, and final, day at the mooring spot ‘Kleine Zwaan’ (Little Swan) inside the Drontermeer. And pleasant it was, as proven by this picture of the dog and his mistress. Mind you, later on we had to remove dozens of (little) ticks from his dense coat. We think we’ve got them all. We were warned beforehand, it is ‘tick-season’, so to speak – but one can hardly demand a dog to stay indoors under these (gorgeous, weather-wise speaking) circumstances.

Tuesday the 16th we finally left at 10:46AM, planning to cruise the new navigable canal, the Reevediep (double e after the R), starting next to the Reve (single e after the R!) Island inside the Drontermeer and leading towards the river IJssel, just south of Kampen. Before reaching the Reevediep’s entrance from the south a new lock (the Reevesluis) has been built, replacing the at present still operating Roggebotsluis. Here we approach the newly built Reevesluis, not yet in use – but already provided with traffic lights.

The wide new waterway, Reevediep, equipped with brand new buoys.

  • This are The Netherlands

    Just a random smashing view, making us proud of our beautiful country/waterways.

  • Seen when cruising the Reevediep

    A great white egret, seen for the first time in The Netherlands in 1978. No longer a rarity, nevertheless still a luck to see one. (And there’s the inevitable duck, too.)

At the end (beginning) of the Reevediep there’s the, also newly built, lock the Scheeresluis. We’re leaving that lock here. As the traffic lights indicate there’s oncoming traffic approaching.

After having tackled the Scheeresluis the mighty river IJssel is soon reached. As already mentioned the river is entered just south of the historic Hanseatic town of Kampen. Every time it's impressive to see the contours of Kampen and the ‘brown fleet’, the latter moored at the quay in the river.

We soon left the IJssel and entered the river Ganzendiep (‘goose deep’), after negotiating the Ganzensluis (‘goose lock’). By the way, we didn’t notice any difference in level, not inside the Scheeresluis, nor the Ganzensluis. Both are developed to protect the hinterland, respectively to regulate the water level. Until the 19th century the Ganzendiep was the main branch of the river IJssel. We switched off the engine at 1:50PM, after tying up at the village of Grafhorst – part of the borough of Kampen.

  • June 2020

    Only two pictures of our beloved dog, Jay, this week. (One can keep going when it’s about the dog.) When he was still a puppy -he’s now a, regularly naughty, adolescent now- the room behind our...

  • February 2019

    ...stove was one of his favourites, because the cool metal. To our surprise he managed to squeeze behind the stove once more. And looked at us as if it were the most normal thing in the world.

  • Ominous clouds (I)

    Wednesday the 17th was a most pleasant day. Sunny most of the time; we even sat outside. Around 8:45PM however, ominous...

  • Ominous clouds (II)

    ...clouds approached. Apart from what happened next, it was ever so spectacular what nature offered us that evening.


Minutes later heaven opened its floodgates. Our dog took it all unfazed…

After two free nights at Grafhorst we left on Thursday at 10:19AM. We cruised a branch of the Ganzendiep, named Goot (‘gutter/drain’), followed by a relatively narrow navigable waterway (part of the vast shallow lake Zwarte Meer), named Scheepvaartgat (‘shipping hole’??) eventually reaching the Zwarte Water (‘black water’). Not a lot after that we left the Zwarte Water, to moor inside Genemuiden’s port. We are moored at the very end, inside the second part of the port – meaning behind an emergency-gate, to be used in case of flood. The danger of floods was a lot more real in the pre-Afsluitdijk era, when the IJsselmeer was still the Zuiderzee, therefore prior to 1932 – now 88 years ago.

Genemuiden is well known for its carpet industry. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genemuiden. As seen on the previous picture, bulrush in many colours is hanging here – for tourist-information purposes.

  • Achterweg

    Perhaps next time, providing there’ll be one, more about Genemuiden’s carpet industry. This time the focus is on the only, unique, road where it is strictly forbidden to smoke, the Achterweg (Nachtweg) (‘back road’ (‘night road’)). The information tells us: ‘During a storm the farmlands around Genemuiden were flooded. Therefore hay, reeds and rushes were stored inside the town. With all the major associated risks. After major urban fires in 1698 and 1741, a smoking ban was imposed on the built-up area of Genemuiden. The roofs of...

  • Information

    ...newly built homes had to be covered henceforth with tiles. Nevertheless, in 1868 a city fire burned down a third of Genemuiden. This led to a new fire ordinance on May 21, 1869, including a smoking ban for the Achterweg (Nachtweg). This is still in effect. It is known to be the only smoking ban in the Netherlands for a public road. After the fire of 1868, the city council decided that the haystacks had to disappear from the centre. The outskirt of the Achterweg (Nachtweg) was designated as one of the places where haystacks were allowed.’

A somewhat blurred picture of what the Achterweg (Nachtweg) looked like in the old days.

The only remaining, well organised, haystack along the Achterweg (Nachtweg).

  • Verboden te roken (I)

    ‘Smoking prohibited’. To be honest, we expected o find a big sign on both ends of the road, taking away any trace of doubt about a ban whether or not in...

  • Verboden te roken (II)

    ...force. Nothing of the kind! Only on the haystack and some random wooden buildings. Besides, the verb ‘roken’ was written ‘rooken’ a century ago…

The now well maintained part of the Achterweg (Nachtweg) where the majority of the wooden buildings is to be found.

  • Achterweg (Nachtweg (I)

    The Achterweg (Nachtweg) once was the dike, protecting Genemuiden from the Zuiderzee – the latter now being the IJsselmeer. Sometimes in vain, it has to be said. When looking between the houses the lower (former sea-)level is still clearly visible.

  • Achterweg (Nachtweg (II)

    As one of the inhabitants told us, the houses often consist of four floors: basement, living area, sleeping area and attic. It is almost unbelievable how much land has been reclaimed from the sea! Behind the houses it once was open sea!!

Just for your information. This is the (present) view from the spot where the weekly blog is created.

This week’s statistics.

Engine ran during 4 hours and 30 minutes (4,5 hours) – Tuesday 2,7 and Thursday 1,8 hour.  

Generator this week 0 hours.

Weather: Sunny on a regular basis (we are able to walk the dog and take him twice a day for a bike-ride. That’s to say: he trots.)

A speciality this time: mooring in Genemuiden is still for free because their facilities are unavailable, due to the C-pandemic.

Hope to see you next week again!    


24.06.2020 13:54

John en Wil

Wat is Nederland mooi vanaf het water.Nog wol gekocht Diny, voor een trui voor Simon? Doe de brugwachter de groeten!

23.07.2020 11:05

Diny & Simon

Deze digibeet ziet 't nu pas (23 juli). Haha, leuk hoor!

21.06.2020 20:08


Weer een mooie route. En mooie foto’s. Denk dat Jay komende week vaak tegen de koele kachel zal liggen.

23.07.2020 11:07

Diny & Simon

Zie het nu pas (digibeet - zal naar de 'instellingen' kijken en hopen dat ik 't begrijp. Jay heeft de kachel intussen afgeschaft.