Netherlands » Damsterdiep / Eemskanaal / Slochterdiep | Netherlands
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
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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.
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.
are much more comfortable on the parallel running Damsterdiep, north of Eemskanaal.