Ilmenau (river)

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Ilmenau
Ilmenau bei Uelzen.jpg
The Ilmenau near Uelzen
Location Lower Saxony, Germany
Reference no. DE: 594
Length 107 km
source confluence of the Gerdau and Stederau in Veerßen nr. Uelzen
52°56′52″N 10°33′13″E / 52.947639°N 10.5536806°E / 52.947639; 10.5536806Coordinates: 52°56′52″N 10°33′13″E / 52.947639°N 10.5536806°E / 52.947639; 10.5536806
Source height 35 m above sea level 
(Gerdau 70 m above NN, Stederau 66 m above NN)
Mouth near Hoopte, Winsen (Luhe), into the Elbe
53°23′44″N 10°10′25″E / 53.395417°N 10.17361°E / 53.395417; 10.17361
Mouth height 2 m above sea level
Descent 33 m
Basin Elbe
Progression Elbe → North Sea
Catchment 2,852 km²
Discharge Average mid:   17.7 m³/s
Right tributaries Wipperau, Röbbelbach, Wohbeck, Vierenbach, Dieksbach, Neetze Canal, Neetze, Ilau-Schneegraben
Left tributaries Bienenbütteler Mühlenbach, Barnstedt Melbecker Bach, Hasenburger Mühlenbach, Luhe
Large towns Uelzen, Lüneburg, Winsen (Luhe)
Small towns Bad Bevensen, Bardowick
Villages Emmendorf, Medingen, Wichmannsburg, Melbeck, Deutsch Evern, Wittorf, Fahrenholz, Mover, Tönnhausen, Stöckte, Hoopte
Navigable 28.84 km

The Ilmenau is a river in Lower Saxony, Germany, which is one of the left tributaries of the Elbe. It originates in the Lüneburg Heath, south of Uelzen. It empties into the Elbe near Winsen (Luhe). The Ilmenau is 107 km long. The largest towns along the Ilmenau are Uelzen and Lüneburg. The city Ilmenau in Thuringia is not situated along the river Ilmenau, but along the river Ilm (Thuringia).