Various types of water sports are practised and the lake is home to an international competition sailing course. There is also a water sports school and a water sports shop at Zuidplas. Around the lake, there are several restaurants of high quality. There is also a marina. Parallel to the road along the Lateral Canal is a strip of grazed nature reserve.
In this recreation area you can enjoy diving. You need to register before you dive here. You can park there (un)guarded. There are also showers, a rinsing area, jetty, toilets, restaurant and a transport cart for your diving equipment. For divers, there are fish to be spotted such as perch, carp, catfish, eel, pike, zander, roach, salmon, crayfish and sunfish. At enjoy diving, boats and canoes can also be hired for a fun trip on the Zuidplas.