Oosterschelde National Park does not have a main entrance or a fence, it is freely accessible. The nature areas are open for visitation from sunrise to sunset. The national park does not have a visitors center. At various points in the area you can find information boards and pillars. Delta park Neeltje Jans has a small exhibition about the national park. For this you will need an entrance ticket.

Where are you permitted to be and what is off limits?

Oosterschelde National Park is a popular destination for recreationists. Walking, cycling, taking a boat out on the water, kitesurfing, fishing, diving, swimming: its all possible. To protect nature there are areas within the Easter Scheldt which are (partially or seasonally) restricted.

During the breeding season (15th march until 15th august) some beaches and dykes are closed off. Keep your distance and give the birds space. This way we can also enjoy the extraordinary birds in the Eastern Scheldt in the future.

The rules and agreements are described as clearly as possible in this folder. It is recommended to read this through carefully to avoid disappointment later.

wandelen oosterschelde ouwerkerk

Walking: Enjoy groups of seals and birds from a distance. At low tide the breakwaters and exposed mudflats are for the birds. This is their resting area and where they find food. If you come too close, the birds stay away and lose their rest and moment for feeding. Keep your dog on a leash.

Cycling: There are many places to cycle parallel to the water. At some places this is prohibited to ensure rest for the birds in that area. Keep a sharp eye on the signs. And don’t worry: there is always an alternative and you can continue on the dyke further along.

Kitesurfing: Kitesurfing is only allowed at the designated kitesurf areas. These locations are designated so that seals and birds in the area are not disturbed. Location Ouwerkerk is closed from 1st May to 1st October. During summer, the beach is designated for bathers. You can read more about it in this folder.

Afgaand tij

Hoe ontstaat het getij?

In ruim zes uur wordt het vloed – het water wordt hoger, daarna wordt het in dezelfde tijd eb – het water wordt weer lager. Eb en vloed ontstaan door de aantrekkingskracht van de maan op het water op aarde.


De maan trekt als het ware aan het water, waardoor het water in de zeeën een bepaalde kant op beweegt. De aarde draait om haar eigen as en om de zon heen. Daardoor is de plek waar de maan het sterkst aan het water trekt telkens verschillend.



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