Veerse Meer

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Veerse Meer
Veerse Meer is located in Zeeland
Veerse Meer
Veerse Meer
Coordinates51°31′N 3°43′E / 51.517°N 3.717°E / 51.517; 3.717Coordinates: 51°31′N 3°43′E / 51.517°N 3.717°E / 51.517; 3.717
Typeartificial lagoon, brackish
Basin countriesNetherlands
Max. length22 km (14 mi)
Max. width1,500 m (4,900 ft)
Designated29 August 2000
Reference no.1251[1]

The Veerse Meer (Lake Veere) is a lagoon in the southwest Netherlands in the province of Zeeland.


The Veerse Meer was created as a flood control measure to regulate water levels in the surrounding polders, acting as a drainage basin for the surrounding polders until its excess waters can be discharged into the Eastern Scheldt.[1] Its level are lowered in the winter to help drain the polders and maintained at a higher level in the summer for recreation.[2]


Originally an outlet of the Scheldt called the Veerse Gat, it was first closed off from the Sheldt by the Zanderkreekdam in 1960, and from the North Sea in 1961 by Veerse Gatdam, some of the first constructions of the Delta Works water management system.[3][2] In 2004, the Katse Heule sluice was constructed in the Zanderkreekdam to allow saltwater to flow in from the Eastern Scheldt to improve water quality and return this former river mouth to its original brackish state.[3][1]

Length and location[edit]

It is 22 km long, and 1,500 m wide in places. Lying between the old islands of Noord-Beveland, Zuid-Beveland and Walcheren, it is linked to the river Scheldt by the Zandkreekdam sluice, which allows this lagoon to have brackish water, slightly less salty than sea water. There are 13 small uninhabited islands in the lake. Some of its banks, underwater at high tide, have been made into nature reserves, while others are popular for water sports, such as sailing.



  1. ^ a b c "Veerse Meer". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Veerse Gatdam". Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Zandkreekdam". ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat.