Frisian Lakes

The Frisian Lakes consists of 24 lakes in central and southwest Friesland, a province of the Netherlands located in the northern part of the country.[1]

A view of Goëngarijpsterpoelen, one of the Frisian Lakes

The lakesEdit

There are many large and small lakes in the Frisian Lakes area, plus a number of them that are not directly in this South-Western part of Friesland, but are still commonly included when referring to the Frisian Lakes. Below is an incomplete list of the most prominent ones. Note that the Frisian names, here indicated in italic, are the official ones. The largest ones are indicated in bold.

Overview of the Frisian Lakes
  1. Heegermeer (Hegemer Mar)[2]
  2. Fluessen (Fluezen)[3]
  3. De Holken
  4. Morra (De Morra)[3]
  5. Slotermeer (Friesland)|Slotermeer (Sleattemer Mar)[3]
  6. Groote Brekken (Grutte Brekken)[3]
  7. Koevordermeer (De Kûfurd)
  8. Langweerderwielen (Langwarder Wielen)[3]
  9. Witte en Zwarte Brekken en Oudhof (Wite Brekken, Swarte Brekken en Aldhôf)
  10. Tjeukemeer (Tsjûkemar)[3]
  11. Sneekermeer (Snitser Mar)[3]
  12. Goëngarijpsterpoelen (Goaiïngarypster Puollen)
  13. Terkaplesterpoelen (Terkaplester Puollen)
  14. Idzegaasterpoel (Idzegeaster Poel)
  15. Grote Gaastmeer (Grutte Gaastmar)[3]
  16. Zandmeer (Sânmar)
  17. Ringwiel
  18. Vlakke Brekken (Flakke Brekken)
  19. Oudegaasterbrekken (Aldegeaster Brekken)
  20. Idskenhuistermeer (Jiskenhúster Mar)
  21. Terhornsterpoelen (Terhernster Puollen)
  22. Terhornstermeer (De Hoarne)
  23. Brandemeer (Brandemar)
  24. Nannewijd (Nannewiid)


In the summer, regatta boat races are held at some of the Frisian Lakes in south Friesland.[4][5]


The Frisian Lakes attract boaters from all over the Netherlands in the summer. The highlight of the Frisian boating season is the Sneekweek, an annual boating event held in Sneek, the largest town of the area.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Chapter 4: Development and application of a landscape design method in the Frisian Lakes area". Knowledge in action: The search for collaborative research for sustainable landscape development. Mansholt Publication Series. Wageningen Academic Publishers. 2011. p. 85. ISBN 978-90-8686-167-5. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  2. ^ Verhandelingen der Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Afd. Natuurkunde: Tweede sectie. Verhandelingen der Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Afd. Natuurkunde: Tweede sectie (in Dutch). North-Holland Publishing Company. 1938. p. 10. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Gulati, R.D.; Parma, S. (2012). Studies on Lake Vechten and Tjeukemeer, The Netherlands: 25th anniversary of the Limnological Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Developments in Hydrobiology. Springer Netherlands. pp. 322–323. ISBN 978-94-009-8015-0. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  4. ^ Harris, E.H.; Fryske Akademy (1956). The Literature of Friesland. Van Gorcum & Comp. p. 25. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  5. ^ Frommer's Belgium, Holland & Luxembourg. Macmillan USA. 1999. p. 248. ISBN 978-0-02-862601-7. Retrieved November 13, 2020.

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