Nationaal Park Lauwersmeer, Lauwersoog

#3 of 13 in Parks in Groningen Province
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Lauwersmeer is a man-made lake in the north of the Netherlands, on the border of the provinces of Groningen and Friesland. The lake was formed on 23 May 1969, when the dike between the bay called Lauwers Sea and the Wadden Sea was closed. It is noted for birdwatching.
On the eastern shores of the Lauwersmeer is the Marnewaard, an exercise area of the Royal Netherlands Army. The central and eastern parts of the lake became Lauwersmeer National Park on 12 November 2003.
The Lauwers Sea was formed by a flood in 1280, and named after the river Lauwers, which flows along the border between the provinces of Groningen and Friesland. During the flood the mouth of the river Lauwers disappeared, and its tributaries the Reitdiep, the Dokkumerdiep, and the Ee flowed directly into the new bay. Many plans were made after this disaster to shut it off from the sea but none was ever put into effect. However, parts of it were empoldered piecemeal, slowly reducing it from a large two-forked estuary to the nearly square inlet seen on recent maps.
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  • 60 km2 is quite a large park. Despite mostly water, it's not less beautiful. It is located by the border of Friesland and Groningen. We visited the north part of the park and watching the water bird.  more »
  • Been coming here for a few years now. And love it at any time of the year. Summer months are best though. For rest and non, or few tourists, the other months are best. Many nature walks available...  more »
  • Very windy, beautiful nature, lots of birds and sheep
  • Beatiful place, the perfect spot to clear your mind and let the wind carry your troubles away.
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