Netherlands » Gelderse IJssel / Oude IJssel | Gelderland Netherlands

The main waterway through Gelderland, from the southeast to Zwarte Meer (IJsselmeer)


Gelderse IJssel / Oude IJssel | Gelderland Netherlands: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 118 km
Degree of difficulty: Demanding
Requirements: no rating
Character of waterway: no rating
Profile of waterway: Main waterway
Facilities groundside: Good

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Kanaal Zutphen - Enschede | Twentekanaal
Neder-Rijn / Waal | Gelderland Netherlands

Gelderse IJssel

Gelderse Ijssel

An important waterway of the Netherlands, it connects the Lower Rhine in the southeast with the IJsselmeer at Kempen.


IJssel (Geldersee), the most northern side arm of River Rhine
is unique. Depending on the way one looks at it, it is a side arm of the Rhine, turning off short before Arnhem, bringing about 1/10 of its water to the IJsselmeer. Or, it is “just” a prolongation of the Oude IJssel (Jssel), coming from Germany.
At Zwolle, one gets over the canal onto “Zwarte Water”, which give access to Friesland and Groningen.

Oude IJssel

Oude IJssel, or the IJssel, as an independent river
has its spring at Raesfeld in Münsterland German a bit north of  the “Ruhrgebiet”. It almost flows into River Rhine but turns to the northwest. In the Netherlands it becomes navigable at the industrial town of Doetinchen and flows after 20 km at Doesburg into the main IJssel, which is there already bringing much more water.