Gorredijk is mostly known about the Turfroute. The name Turfroute refers to the past which turf shippers transported their peat and other cargo. The Turfroute is now a tourist sailing route through Southeast Friesland, the western part of Drenthe and the northern part of Overijssel.
The Opsterlandse Compagnonsvaart runs through the center of Gorredijk. (officially, Frisian: Opsterlânske Kompanjonsfeart) In the old town center you will pass by a canal lock and some small bridges.