The Baldeneysee serves today, among other things, the water sports and as a recreational area. On its shore in Heisingen lies the bird sanctuary Heisinger Bogen, which serves as a breeding ground for grebes, cormorants, herons and other threatened birds.
On the south-east shore runs the Hespertalbahn with seasonal museum train operation. On the north bank is the listed mining tower of the Carl Funke colliery. On the slopes in the immediate vicinity are the Villa Hügel, the ruin Neue Isenburg and the viewpoint Korte-Klippe.
As Seaside Beach Club invites the former outdoor pool on the north shore with sandy beach, palm trees, meadows, beach volleyball fields, a surf school and cocktail bar. Baden in the Baldeneysee was banned because of the European quality standards for bathing water; however, in May 2017 it was allowed again in connection with the Green Capital.
From May to October 2010, four artificial islands were located in Baldeneysee as a contribution to the European Capital of Culture. RUHR.2010: The so-called Ruhr-Atoll connected the fields of art-science and energy-ecology and was navigable for visitors with the help of pedal boats.