Marker Wadden is a nature reserve under development. The nature islands are constructed with sand, clay and silt from the Markermeer. The ambition is to turn the Markerwadden into a large island group of 10,000 hectares. This makes it one of the largest nature restoration projects in Western Europe. Together with Rijkswaterstaat, nature is being restored in the Markermeer. New nature is developing on this new group of islands. This development is both above and below water. The project ensures nature restoration of the Markermeer.
The Markerwadden is a new area for nature, but also for people. The islands are very easily accessible. Natuurmonumenten considers it important that the islands are accessible to people. This was well thought through during the project. For example, the harbor mouth is wide enough to moor and there is a beautiful beach 800 meters behind the harbor. There are hiking trails, deck paths, bird hides and a lookout tower with a view of the beautiful nature.
The Marker Wadden Harbor Island is open to the public. The harbor can be reached with your own boat, or by means of a ferry that makes occasional departures from Lelystad. There are also charter ships that offer day trips.
The islands are still under construction, but Haveneiland has been open to the public since September 2018. Discover this new habitat for plants, insects, fish and birds. A natural paradise where you can enjoy a new beach, new hiking trails and new bird watching spots.
Costs for a visit to the Markerwadden:
An area contribution is requested as a contribution to the management and maintenance of Markerwadden.
• Members of Natuurmonumenten € 3 per person per visit.
• Non-members € 6 per person per visit
• Children under 12 free.
For all visitors
- Markerwadden is a walking island, bicycles or other means of transport are not allowed.
- Part of the walking route is also suitable for people with disabilities.
- Be mindful of nature and birds. Stay on the trails and keep your distance.
- Markerwadden is still in full development. Watch out for quicksand.
- Dogs are only allowed in the harbor basin, if kept on a lead.
- During the breeding season, a path is sometimes temporarily closed.
- Kitesurfing, windsurfing and flying drones are not allowed.
- Always take your waste home with you.
For all water sports enthusiasts
- Book your berth via the BlueWater App
- Mooring only in the boxes on the stacking jetty
- An anchor ban applies in the harbor basin
- The maximum speed 9 km/h
- Only this harbor island is accessible to visitors, the other islands are a resting area for birds and fish.