Safety notice kayaking, canoeing and rafting on the common Meuse

In the bend of Meers, an underground pipeline has been exposed by the flow. The damage site is situated near the Dutch river bank, at chainage 32.7 to 32.9. Do not sail along the Dutch bank. Respect the signage and follow the Flemish bank.

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