Lauwersmeer National Park (Nationaal Park Lauwersmeer) is a national park in the provinces of Fryslân and Groningen in the Netherlands. It consists of the southern and eastern parts of the Lauwersmeer (previously Lauwerszee).
In the north of the Netherlands, the Lauwers river forms part of the east-west border between the provinces of Fryslân and Groningen. The Lauwers flows from south to north into the Wadden Sea. The Lauwersmeer is its estuary, which is connected to the sea via a sluice at Lauwersoog. The national park consists of most of the Lauwersmeer.
On 25 May 1969, the Lauwers Sea was enclosed and separated from the Wadden Sea, since then it has been called Lauwersmeer. The Lauwersmeer gradually became a freshwater lake and new flora and fauna appeared. To protect this new and young nature area, the Lauwersmeer became a national park on 12 November 2003.
Staatsbosbeheer has set out several walking routes in the national park. One of them is Wandelroute Kollumerwaard, a route about 6km (3.7 mile) in the south-eastern part of the park. This area mainly consists of shallow water en fields of reed. Around the area an improvised path has been created; it’s not allowed to enter the inner area to not disturb the large variation of birds.
At viewpoint ‘De Baak’ you’ve got a magnificent view over the grassy meadows, reedfields and forests. Among many birds there are highlander cows and konik horses to be seen.
Below are some photos made during walks through this area in may and june 2018. Click on a miniature-photo to enlarge it, then navigate using the arrows left/right of the photo or use the cursor keys on your keyboard.