Friesland, in the Netherland's northwest, has lakes. Lots and lots of lakes. When the Frisian peasants dug their boggy wetlands for peat fuel, the scars left on this flat landscape caused countless rivers and waterways to form. Well the farmer's loss is the holidaymakers gain as today, Friesland is the centre for Dutch watersports. Surprisingly little known outside of the Netherlands, the Dutch lake district attracts scores of eager aquatic adventurers from the rest of the country, keen to savour this blissfully tranquil region with only around 160 people per square km. The region's many charming towns and villages are interlinked by canals and it is on the outskirts of one such lovely lakeside settlement, Heeg, that we find another watersport oasis.
While Watersportcamping Heeg won't be winning any prizes in the imaginative naming stakes, the site can't be bettered for location. Right on the shores of a vast, sparkling lake, the site accommodates around 150 touring pitches on nearly 25 acres of pristine grass. Take a few steps to the shore and you have your choice of water-based pursuits to enjoy from falcon sailboat hire and kite surfing, to sloop lessons or just a good old fashioned swim. This is a mecca for water sports fans, with a chilled out beach party vibe throughout, (helped in no small measure by the buzzy beach bar and 'Dutchtubs' for hire).
And then there is Heeg itself. Just a leisurely 5 minute stroll from site, this most quintessential of Dutch villages is utterly idyllic. Why not enjoy a traditional treat of smoked eel on the banks of the Heegermeer lake? Or visit nearby Ijlst, the home of the singularly Frisian sport of fierljeppen – that's... er... canal vaulting to you and me. The annual summer celebration of this traditional pastime is not to be missed, if only for the facial expressions of the hapless vaulters.
The Dutchtub is an experience we really recommend. But we also have small wood burners you can rent. Of course there are many watersport activities possible, with or without lessons, our own beach with beach bar with which you can order freshly baked buns and croissants or buy a delicious cup of Illy coffee. There are several play areas and multiple toilet & shower facilities. But the most beautiful part of our campsite is your smile, because we are thrilled to have you as our guest!
Are you adventurous, open minded, a little crazy and a huge nature & culture lover? Chances are you’ll feel right at home at our campsite!
NearbyFriesland may be the most pure, strong willed and authentic province of the Netherlands. Nature is as you would expect it in the Netherlands; flat open countryside with lots and lots of waterways and lakes. The land is bordered by dykes because the level of the water is higher than the land. There is lots of culture to explore, they have their own language, their own local dishes and many typical Frisian sports like Skutsjesilen, firljeppen and kaetsen. Surrounded by quaint villages and small cities, while Amsterdam is only a 75 minute drive
Food & Drink
At only a 5 minute walk from our campsite you are in the centre of the quaint village of Heeg where you can find many different places to eat and drink. You’ll find a map filled with secret hotspots at our reception. As an example we suggest Omke Jan in Woudsend, a village only 3 km from our campsite. The restaurant is based in an authentic typical Frisian farmhouse which was redecorated recently by Piet Hein Eek, probably one of the most well-known Dutch designers at the moment. The food is locally sourced and bio-friendly. But for us the most special place to eat is on top of our own dyke overlooking the water while enjoying one of the most beautiful summersets. Cooking over your own fire while enjoying a glass of “lemonade”.
April – October.
The Owner Says
Our guest praise our campsite especially because of its magnificent location. In the middle of the Frisian lake district, adjacent to the water with our own beach but also within walking distance of the quaint little village Heeg. The level of hospitability on our campsite is very high (even if we say so ourselves) and there is a pleasant, creative and international vibe. The vast range of watersport facilities on offer are ideal for adventurous guests.
Drive in the direction of Bolsward/Sneek. Take exit Woudsend/Hommerts on the by-pass. Take the first exit on the roundabout in Hommerts in the direction of Heeg. Follow this road and the signs ‘Centrum’. At the second roundabout take the 2nd exit to Heeg Centrum. Pass a cull-the-sac, than take the first road to the right. This is a by-pass. Follow the road until you arrive at a T crossing. Turn right to ‘Gaastmeer’. After appr. 200 meters you’ll find Watersportcamping Heeg to your right-hand side.
Take the train to Sneek, then the number 46 bus to Heeg.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews
Lovely campsite with views over a peaceful meer in South Friesland, a beautiful part of the Netherlands. Wonderful cycling area with lots of water and sailing boats. The site itself is laid out with many hedges to give privacy. It's well equipped with good facilities and the opportunity to hire canoes. The site owners were really friendly and gave us lots of information about the area. As we stayed here in september it was really quiet and peceful and we were lucky to have the 'Romeo and Juliet' pitch which is idyllic and right next to the water. We loved it and will definitely return.
Great place - worth a visit
What a great camping site - went stayed here for five night with our two hard to please sons and we all had a fab time. Relaxed environment, very approachable and friendly owners and the camp pitches were just the right mix of social and private. We stayed at "the beach" with the beach bar and was nice to have breakfast looking out to the water. The town of Heeg is very close - a lovely traditional town with everything you could need (including camping supplies). I personally loved the bakery and could have eaten their pastries for every meal. We hired a canoe and kayak and good places to explore with them - lots of boating/water types at the camp site so if this is your thing this is the place (they were all looking way too advanced for us). Very easy to cycle from and we had a fun all day ride with some lovely stops enroute. Highly recommended!
A very cool campsite!
A fab campsite. We loved the relaxed and surfy vibe of this site. The lake was brilliant for swimming and sailing. It is possible to pitch your tent within metres of the shore. The location makes a great base for exploring Friesland, there are lots of lovely villages within cycling distance. We particularly liked the cafe d'Ald Herberch "Yn'e Iel-aek" in Gastmeer (about 10 minutes by bike). The showers and toilets are clean and spacious (you have to remember 50c if you want a hot shower). The family that run the campsite are all super friendly and kind and gave us lots of suggestions about places to visit and were very helpful when our car broke down; they even lent us bikes. In fact, we liked the campsite so much that we decided to stay for longer instead of touring around Netherlands. A real highlight were the spectacular sunsets and sunrises across the lake. We definitely recommend this site!