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Hagen - Ennepe (Frankstraße) 01 ies.jpg
Country Germany
Basin features
Main source Sauerland
422 m (1,385 ft)
River mouth Volme
99 m (325 ft)
51°21′56″N 7°27′16″E / 51.3656°N 7.4544°E / 51.3656; 7.4544Coordinates: 51°21′56″N 7°27′16″E / 51.3656°N 7.4544°E / 51.3656; 7.4544
Physical characteristics
Length 42 km (26 mi)

The Ennepe is a river and a left tributary of the Volme in Northern Sauerland, Germany. It gave its name to the town Ennepetal and the district Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis.


The Ennepe begins in the Märkischer Kreis southeast of Halver at 422 m above sea level and continues to the Ennepetalsperre (reservoir, 307 m above sea level). The river flows through Ennepetal, Gevelsberg and the western boroughs of Hagen. It flows into the Volme near Hagen Central Station (elevation: 99 m above sea level). The river is partially canalized.

Flora and fauna[edit]

The Ennepe provides habitat for numerous animal and plant types. Among there are fish, the grey heron, neophyte plants and Orange Jewelweed[verification needed] (Impatiens capensis, in Hagen).


In the pre-industrial age mills were built alongside the river; in the 19th and 20th centuries several small iron plants were operated there.