Veerse Meer

The Veerse Meer is bordered on the northern side by North Beveland and on the southern side by South Beveland and Walcheren. Before the implementation of the Delta Works, the Veerse Meer was in open connection with the sea. Now, the Veerse dam separates the lake from the North Sea to the west, while the Zandkreek dam cuts the lake off from the Oosterschelde near Goes. The design and management of the Veerse Meer has from the beginning focused on drainage. In summer, the water level fluctuates slightly below NAP. From November to March, the level is about 30 cm below NAP. The water level is adjusted by mixing water from the Eastern Scheldt with brackish water from the Veerse Meer via a ''culvert'' in the Zandkreek Dam. 

The water level in the Veerse Meer is being adjusted to improve the habitat for plants and animals and to extend the recreational season; a higher water level means recreational users can use a larger and deeper the Veerse Meer. 

In winter, when the water level is lowered, the pumping stations can more easily pump away excess (rain) water to the Veerse Meer and the arable land can be better worked. Observant visitors can see that the water level lowers and rises slightly with low tide.


Both Veerse Meer and Oosterschelde are great spots for fishing enthusiasts. For the Veerse Meer, you need to have a fishing licence from the Federation of angling associations; if you are a member, you will automatically receive the licence, otherwise you can order it via
Since there is a culvert at the Kats lock, the Veerse Meer is predominantly saline. Fish species such as plaice and flounder, sprat and goby and eel can be found here.

Fishing on the Oosterschelde and the North Sea is free with a maximum of 2 rods. There are many good fishing spots on the north side of Noord-Beveland.

If you want to enjoy the delights of the sea without a fishing rod, gathering cockles and oysters is a fun activity. Pay attention to the tide, you do this at low tide. You can only gather cockles for your own use and a maximum of 10 kg.