© Verkehrsverein Steinhuder Meer e. V.

Water Activities

...when you learn to love the water

Here, Water Will Become Your Passion

Water is a great element all year round, especially at Lake Steinhuder Meer. On hot summer days it is a pure delight to cool off in the water. On cooler days in the summer, spring or fall you can use the elements sun and wind for sailing, surfing, kitesurfing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding or canoeing. But this is not all: You can rent electric or paddle boats, go on a boat tour with the shipping company Steinhuder Personenschifffahrt, go on a hike or bike trip or simply sit on a landing stage and enjoy the astonishing sunset. Even in the coldest winter, the frozen lake is a unique sight and when the ice is thick enough you can go ice sailing or ice skating. It doesn’t matter if you have been loving the water before or not – here at Lake Steinhuder Meer water will become your passion!

Beginning of the Season at Lake Steinhuder Meer

The preparation for the season 2020 at Lake Steinhuder Meer are in the homestretch: Landing stages are being built, the traditional wooden boats and three motor boats are in the water, behind the beach island the last sludge is being removed, and the boat rentals are ready for you. Starting March 20th, boats will take you to Wilhelmstein Island and the first circular tour with the ship “MS Willkommen” will take place.

Discover what we have prepared for you this season and find out about our traditional and new arrangements.



Auswandererboot auf dem Steinhuder Meer.
© Andreas Menz
Glitzerwasser am Steinhuder Meer
© Christine Kölling - SMT
Eine Frau sitzt auf einem Steg und schaut ins Abendrot
© Hans F. Meier

What Can You Experience Here?

These are some tips what you can do in or on the water:

  • Lake Steinhuder Meer in the winter
  • The legendary origin of Lake Steinhuder Meer
  • Sailing
  • Surfing and kitesurfing
  • Canoeing
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Sensational sunsets
  • Steinhuder Personenschifffahrt
  • Boat rentals
  • Current information on wind, water and the lake
  • Winter ban for boats
  • Important tips concerning water sports
  • Water quality
  • Something unique
  • Beaches and swimming locations

The Legendary Origin of Lake Steinhuder Meer

The origin of Lake Steinhuder Meer is still a matter of debate. Scientists think it developed during the ice age.

However, there is a new legendary theory, which becomes more and more popular: Long time ago, giants and dwarfs lived in a flat and sandy land. One day, a giant left his village and went through the dwarf’s territory and got sand into his boots. He emptied the sand from his boot on a pile, which is today the White Dune in Mardorf. When he put his boot back on, several dwarfs picked on him and he wanted to scare them off by stamping on the ground and he left a big footprint. The giant left. Unfortunately, one of the dwarfs was fatally injured by the giant. The other dwarfs were so sad and cried so much, that the footprint filled up with tears. This is how Lake Steinhuder Meer was formed!

Neun Boote nehmen an einer Regatta auf dem Steinhuder Meer teil, alle haben das bunte Spinnakersegel gesetzt
© Florian Toffel - SMT


Lake Steinhuder Meer is one of the most popular sailing locations in Northern Germany. There are more than 3300 boats on the lake and many regattas take place here every year. Among these are German, European, and even World Championships. Youth and amateur promotion are especially important to the sailing clubs at Lake Steinhuder Meer.


Mardorf – Surfer’s Hotspot

Mardorf is the hotspot for surfers at Lake Steinhuder Meer. There is a surf beach on the north shore, which offers ideal prerequisites for surfing. This is where Northern Germany’s windsurfing and kitesurfing scene meets. For learning kitesurfing, Lake Steinhuder Meer is the ideal place. The surf beach is open from beginning of April until the end of October.

Am Kite- und Surfstrand in Mardorf sind viele Kites und Surfer auf dem Wasser
© Florian Toffel - SMT
Drei Kanufahrer spiegeln sich bei herrlichem Sonnenschein im Wasser
© Christine Kölling - SMT


Canoeing is very popular at Lake Steinhuder Meer and the river Leine. There are numerous spots where you can get your canoe into the water. You can either rent the equipment or book a guided tour. Both locations offer exclusive experiences while canoeing.




SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding)

The new trend Stand Up Paddle Boarding has also been introduced to Lake Steinhuder Meer. Being one with nature in combination with a light but complete body training, this is how SUP can be described. You are standing on a board and move forward using a paddle while experiencing a new body awareness. Just try it!

Eine junge Dame macht Stand Up Paddling auf dem Steinhuder Meer, im Hintergrund sieht man den Wilhelmstein
© Stefanie Pohler
© Hans F. Meier

Beautiful Sunsets

Yes, it is true: We have the most beautiful sunsets here at Lake Steinhuder Meer!
Behind the 18th century fortress, the sun sets in the summer. It is a unique scenery with the water, the shore, the landing stages, the fortress Wilhelmstein and the beautiful glowing sunset colors.


The Most Beautiful Sunsets

Boat Rentals

Significantly smaller than the passenger ships, but not less popular, are pedal boats and motorboats, that can be rented in Mardorf and in Steinhude. Sitting behind the steering wheel you feel like a captain of the open sea. Just follow the light breeze and observe ducks, swans and other inhabitants of the Nature Park Lake Steinhuder Meer.

Bunte Tretboote liegen am Steg im hellen Sonnenschein
© Christine Kölling - SMT