Netherlands » Boterdiep & Winsumerdiep

A detour to the north of Groningen

Boterdiep & Winsumerdiep: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 24 km
Number of locks: 2
Max. depth: 1.20
Max. headroom: 2.90
Degree of difficulty: For beginners (few locks)
Requirements: no rating
Character of waterway: back to nature, old waterway, to be rediscovered
Profile of waterway: Hardly ever used
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

Weitere Informationen

Waterway has access to:

Reitdiep | Netherlands
Van Starkenborghkanaal / Hoendiep / Aduarderdiep / Leeker Hoofddiep

Boterdiep & Winsumerdiep
Category of water: 0 / leisure boating

Waterkaart: A / Groningen – Drenthe

Leads from Uithuizen over Middelstum, Onderdendam and Bedum to Groningen- Uithizen is the most northern place of the Netherlands which can be reached by inland waterways.
First parts of the canal were built in 1625 already but it got navigable all through in the 18th century only. Before Van Starkenborgh-Kanaal was built, it used to go into the town of Groningen, today this last stretch is not navigable anymore.
The canal was used for the transport of agricultural products into the town of Groningen only. That’s why it’s called Butter-Canal!  

connects Boterdiep from Onderdendam with Reitdiep and therewith also the Lauwermeer. Only place on the canal is Winsum.