Rough two-day canoeing/camping trip
This trips starts at Marina Van Oversteeg in Werkendam. The start includes an instruction about how to use the canoe. Next, you peddle down the first stretch of the route through wide ditches and twisting creeks. Finally, you will arrive at the magnificent Sloot van Beneden Petrus (Ditch of Lower Peter). Then, you continue to peddle to the Rietplaat (Reed Shoal) where you can take a short break at the beach. Through open waters with splendid views you continue to go to the Vischplaat to camp at the farm of Jan and Ellie Saarloos. This is a basic type of camping. The biggest chance of seeing beavers is at the Gat van Honderddertig (Hole of Hundred and Thirty), during dusk.
Half an hour down the route lies the Deeneplaat, where one of the most beautiful hiking trails of the Biesbosch is situated. The one and a half hour hiking trail can only be reached by boat.
You wake up early and make a long trip to the Grienden van De Dood (Banks of Death), right through the national park. During this trip, you will see the Biesbosch in all its beauty. Peddling low on the water, being accompanied by the many species of water bird, the waving reed seems to show you the way. But the opposite is true. Keep an eye on your map, otherwise you will get lost in the many creeks and canals. The Doolhof (Labyrinth) hiking trail runs right through a rugged willow flood forest. It was once part of the largest complex of banks in the Biesbosch, the Grienden van De Dood (Banks of Death). The chance of seeing beavers or kingfishers is biggest during this part of the trip. Canoes may be moored at the inlet, just past the jetty for round-trip boats. From the back of the inlet, you can see through to the Polder De Dood (Polder of Death). This is a silence area, and a bird sanctuary since 1969. With a bit of luck, you can see spoonbills foraging or deer drinking. After hiking the trail, the trip back to the Marina Van Oversteeg, through the Ruigt or Reugt, will take about 90 minutes.