Deventer also houses a number of watersports clubs, due to its situation on the banks of the river IJssel.
Uit: De Stentor Deventer Dagblad 12 november 2008 DIEPENVEEN - Aanwonenden van de Wechelerweg in Diepenveen protesteren tegen het voornemen van de gemeente om vijftig beuken te kappen in hun omgeving.
East of the town, so-called "oer", riversand containing iron, was found as early as 900, from this material, ore was produced and brought to town.
The main road of the villages Okkenbroek, Lettele and Schalkhaar is still named Oerdijk (Ore Dyke).
Hierbij heeft de Ondernemers Vereniging Diepenveen een grote rol gespeeld door de kosten van de hele actie te dragen.
In the 18th century, the iron industry came to Deventer.
Some of these industries are still thriving today, such as beds and accessories (Auping) and publishing (Wolters Kluwer, now headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn) The city's trade and industry is still of some importance, the city is host to a factory producing central heating systems, as well as Wolters Kluwer, a global information services and publishing company.
The Deventer honey cake (Bussink Deventer Koek), produced in Deventer for over 500 years, is still manufactured locally and sold all over the Netherlands and beyond.
In the 19th century, Deventer became an industrial town.
Bicycles (Burgers), carpets (Koninklijke Deventer Tapijtfabriek), tins and cans for food and drinks (Thomassen & Drijver), cigars (Horst & Maas en Bijdendijk & Ten Hove), foundry and heavy machinery (Nering Bögel), and textiles (Ankersmit) were produced until the mid to late 20th century.