My Onak... she is a stubborn girl, sometimes a bit unstable but so beautiful and she takes me anywhere I want, anytime !


I did this with my ONAK canoe

I started at Nekkerspoel-station (only 10 minutes window after highest tide to get into the water) but any spot along the Dyla-river can do. Wonderfull ride on the downgoing tide till Zennegat (confuence of 3 rivers and a canal). Then paddle about 200m 'upstream' on the Zenne to the staircase under the bridge. Pulled my Onak 200m over the grass and dropped it in the canal (Leuvense vaart). This canal is of course 'tide-less'... smooth ride back towards Mechelen central station... or continu to Planckendael or Leuven-city.

The reason why

I did this with my ONAK canoe

This is not an 'tourist trip' but the reason why I bought my Onak. Starting few steps from my own backyard... and paddle into the wild :-). The extra-muros Dijle is a tidal river and it took some time to figure out its dynamics. Boat in the water at Werner's Frietkot... (Nekkerspoel-pedestrian bridge) and off you go.  45' to 30' before highest water otherwise it's impossible to pass under the first 3 bridges... and not too early otherwise it's impossible to pass the barrage (A) 800m from the starting point (see pictures with yellow floating buoys). From there on head to Muizen (E), Hever or Boortmeerbeek ...and enjoy nature, wild swans, herons or even storks.......until the tide turns ! And than float back 'chill-style' and get out (C) before the Barrage (800m before Startpoint.. and walk back with a big smile on your face (and explaining to people what a strange box you're pulling behind you) to Nekkerspoel-station / Werner's Frietkot.

Next challenge:  link with the Onak-team-trip through Planckendael-zoo... If I can figure out the tidal-dynamics of course...

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