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During summer months a small ferry transports people between Dodewaard and Druten, mainly tourists, across the river Waal as part of several recreational bicycle routes.
The local economy runs mostly on agriculture (fruit plantations and tree nurseries) and some factories.
The Neder-Betuwe area is along the northernmost border or Limes of the Roman empire.
In September 1944 the area again came under fire during and after operation Market Garden.
The narrowest part of the Betuwe became the western front of the allied bridgehead in the area.
Evidence suggests that a Roman fort (Castra) was maintained where the town of Kesteren now is.
Around 1300 the first dikes were put up to protect the inhabitants and agricultural lands from flooding.