Camping at Kuinderbos, NL

When we attended the Dutch Open Canoe Festival a few weeks ago we decided to accept a suggestion of staying at a less busy camping location not far from the Weerribben.

The area map showed all the places to explore

The Hubby and I had visited another area of this forest earlier this Spring and knew it had features we wanted to explore including a lake.

Panorama of the lake

As we pushed the canoe cart towards the lake we were stopped by the Park Ranger who was clearly a wooden canoe enthusiast. He asked us all the normal questions we get about the canoe. Did we build it? How it was made? How does it paddle?

Then he informed us that the beautiful lake was not available to paddle but that he would allow us if we respected the wildlife. We quickly thanked him and continued to the lake and had a very nice paddle on a lake that reminded us both of areas in Northern Minnesota.

A man made natural shoreline of the park lake.
The sky reflected on the lake was just beautiful.
Some of the wildlife that the Park Ranger is trying to make sure is undisturbed with loud boats on the lake. We were respectful that we shared the lake and maintained our distance.

The campsite was spacious and the campground had done a great job of making it as COVID 19 social distancing proof as possible. This was comforting as we camped through the busy weekend we never once felt we were at risk of catching the virus from any of the other campers.

Direction signs clearly posted to the common shower/toilet facilities
Bricks placed at the 1.5meter distance taking the guesswork out of “how close is that person?”.
Handy indicators on what was available inside the facility.
Sinks were taped off and the taps removed so that it was very clear what could be used and which ones were not available.

There are a number of hiking trails located within walking distance of the campground. With hidden treasures of nature or man made features waiting to be discovered.

One of the trails close to the campground with a wise wooden caretaker.
A closer look at the wise woodsman.
This area of pine trees just off the trail could easily be from Minnesota, but it is The Netherlands!
This forest is known for the European Oriole. We thought we heard them but in the end we only were able to get a picture of the beautiful tree canopy.
Across a pasture we noticed a tipi!

The park has several tipis for rent but this one seemed to be used for nature programs that the Park Rangers provided.

The program tipi
This trail was guarded by a gnome. What other surprises did it hold?
Possible hummm? A gnome house just off the trail.

Not that a small gnome house would be surprising to see on this trail. It was a children trail and what better way to inspire children in nature than to feature gnomes and a small house.

I would recommend this beautiful forest location for anyone who would like to get out of the house and into nature.

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