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Damsterdiep, a comfortable trip between Groningen and the Dollard, joining the huge Sea Cruisers on Eemskanaal and, the small Sloterdiep as detour to the back-country

Damsterdiep / Eemskanaal / Slochterdiep | Netherlands: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Degree of difficulty: Some experience is an advantage
Requirements: no rating
Character of waterway: no rating
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

De Lauwers / Hunsingokanaal / Baflokanaal / Warffumer maar
Winschoterdiep | Westerwoldsche Aa / Drentsches Diep - Zuidlaarder Meer



Category of waterways: 0 = Freizeitschifffahrt
Waterkaart: A / Groningen / Drenthe
Length: 28 km / Locks: 3 / Depth: 1.40 / Headroom: 2.40

was the first navigable link between Groningen and Dollard. Navigation on the River Delf took place in the 10th century already, starting in Winneweer and going to Delfzijl. In 1425 the stretch Ten Post – Groningen was opened and in 1650, town and country Groningen started with a freight service to Delfzijl at the Dollard.
Only leisure boaters use the canal today since water level is rather low. Those in a hurry choose Eemskanal but the trip on the Damsterdiep is much more attractive and comfortable.  

Places on Damsterdiep:Lewenborg, Ten Boer, Appingedam, Delfzijl



Category of waters: Va = 110 x 11.40m
Waterkaart: A / Groningen - Drenthe

was built between 1866 and 1876 in order to have a fast link for big vessels between Groningen and Delfzi jl. In 1963 it was enlarged to 60 m in order to allow coastal ships to navigate it too.
The canal meets a bit east of Groningen to Van Starkenborgh-Kanaal and the Winschoterdiep.

Leisure boaters
are much more comfortable on the parallel running Damsterdiep, north of Eemskanaal.


Coming from Groningen on Eemskanaal, this canal turns off just after Lewenborg towards southeast, going to Sloteren. Side arms turn off the small waterway to the Jachthaven of Grunostrand and with Scharner Ae to the watersports center of De Woudbloem.