Lemmer has more than 10,000 residents and is a busy seaside location during the summer months. It is located right along the IJsselmeer and attracts tourists from many areas of the Netherlands. Lemmer is one of the most important fishing locations in the Netherlands. Many top athletes are from here, including Rintje Ritsma (the bear of Lemmer), Annemarie Thomas (skating) and Epke Zonderland (gymnastics). Because of the water sports and the lovely beach, Lemmer attracts many tourists when the weather is good. During the summer, many tourists from all across the Netherlands come to Lemmer on holiday or for a day out.