Safety notice kayaking, canoeing and rafting on the common Meuse

Safety notice kayaking, canoeing and rafting on the common Meuse

The Dutch water and shipping administration Rijkswaterstaat advises:

  • Wear a buoyancy aid.
  • Follow waterway signs and instructions.
  • Don’t go out on the water alone.
  • Don’t go out on the water after dark.
  • Abstain from alcohol and drugs.
  • Exercise caution while paddling rapids and stay away from low hanging tree branches.
  • Even on sunny days the water temperature may be low.
  • Always carry a phone in case of emergency.
  • Inexperienced boaters should not go out on the water if the river discharge at Borgharen exceeds 200 m3/s.

Know your waterway signs

Know what these signs mean when you're on the water:

  1. Take special notice!
  2. Keep left!
  3. Caution: ferry ahead!

Safety risks

  • Rapids, unexpected currents, shallows, fallen trees and collision might tip your boat over. That might cause injuries.
  • If you fall overboard or get stuck in the mud, you might become hypothermic and quickly lose consciousness.
  • Contact with contaminated water may cause skin irritation, eye irritation, headaches and gastrointestinal problems.

Emergency? Call 112    Realtime discharges and water level data

Map Common Meuse