Kleine Emme

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Valley of the Waldemmen, mainstream of the Kleine Emme
Alluvial zone

The Kleine Emme is a river of the canton of Lucerne, Switzerland, a left tributary of the Reuss River extending for 58 km, draining a basin of 477 km². It is not to be confused with the Emme of the canton of Berne. The Kleine Emme rises as the Waldemme in the southwestern corner of the canton of Obwalden, n the Brienzer Rothorn massif at the Emmensprung (46°48′38″N 8°6′0″E / 46.81056°N 8.10000°E / 46.81056; 8.10000 (Kleine Emme (source))Coordinates: 46°48′38″N 8°6′0″E / 46.81056°N 8.10000°E / 46.81056; 8.10000 (Kleine Emme (source))), flowing north-west along the Mariental, past Sörenberg. Turning north, it enters the Entlebuch region, where it is joined by the Weissemme near Schüpfheim and by the Entlen at Entlebuch. After receiving the Fontannen, it turns to the east at Wolhusen where it is joined by the Wigger and later by the Rümlig. From here, it flows parallel to the Pilatus chain, past Malters, joining the Reuss at Emmen, 2 km downstream of Lake Lucerne (47°4′1″N 8°17′15″E / 47.06694°N 8.28750°E / 47.06694; 8.28750 (Kleine Emme (mouth))).