Originally De Nieuwe Meer was a simple lake, but since the 1960s the body of water has increased dramatically in size as its precious sands were dredged to create the foundations for the surrounding neighbourhoods. Some parts are more than 35m deep and ideal for fish species like perch, pike, whitefish and even eels, but there are virtually no water plants in De Nieuwe Meer. This is due to its steep banks and the waves caused by the wind and pleasure boats. The New Lake is very popular with yachtsmen and fishermen and it gets especially busy in the summer. There are several marinas and at the weekend and in summer a ferry link connects the northern and southern shores with the Amsterdam Forest. De Nieuwe Meer is located between Amsterdam and Schiphol and is connected to the canals and streams of Amsterdam via other lakes. When the weather's good it's also a great spot for a refreshing swim.