Utrecht is a region in the center of the Netherlands that has many lakes and rivers that are suitable for diving. It is the smallest providence by area in the Netherlands at 1,400 square kilometers (540 square miles). The capital city is also called Utrecht which is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands. It is known as the religious center of the country and is also home to Utrecht University, the largest university in the Netherlands.
While it is mostly surrounded by land, there are many lakes and rivers that are in or run through the Utrecht region. The Vecht River, a branch of the Lower Rhine River flows from Utrecht up to where it empties into the North Sea near Amsterdam. The area around the river, called the Vechtstreek, includes some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. While many rivers in the region can be explored by divers, the best area for diving is in the Vinkeveense Plassen lake. Here, in addition to a host of freshwater fish, you will also be able to see some smaller shipwrecks and other unique things such as a sunken passenger bus. In fact, Utrecht’s lakes offer great opportunity for divers to explore clear, fresh waters, and are also popular for a whole host of other water sports.
The lakes in the Utrecht region of the Netherlands are made up of fresh water, as opposed to saltwater, so you are going to get a much different mix of underwater life here than in Zeeland or the North Sea. Due to the fact that the lakes are so deep, you can see some very large freshwater fish here. This area of the Netherlands is famous for its massive carp and you will also see oversized zander and pike in addition to smaller freshwater fish like perch. There are a variety of mussels that grow here as well.
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