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Meppen hubbruecke.jpg
The canalized mouth of the river in Meppen
Name origin: haswa, germanic for gray
Country Germany
Bundesland Lower Saxony
 - right Südradde, Mittelradde
Cities Meppen (mouth), Haselünne, Herzlake, Löningen, Essen (Oldenburg), Quakenbrück, Bersenbrück, Bramsche, Osnabrück, Wellingholzhausen (source)
 - location Melle-Wellingholzhausen, Teutoburg Forest
 - elevation 165 m (541 ft)
 - coordinates 52°7′56.66″N 8°15′52.83″E / 52.1324056°N 8.2646750°E / 52.1324056; 8.2646750
Mouth Ems River
 - location Meppen
 - elevation 15 m (49 ft)
 - coordinates 52°41′27.82″N 7°17′48.14″E / 52.6910611°N 7.2967056°E / 52.6910611; 7.2967056Coordinates: 52°41′27.82″N 7°17′48.14″E / 52.6910611°N 7.2967056°E / 52.6910611; 7.2967056
Length 169.649 km (105 mi)
Karte Hasetal.gif
Course of the Hase through the Hase Valley

The Hase is a 193-kilometre (120 mi) long river in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is a right tributary of the Ems, but part of its flow goes to the Else, that is part of the Weser basin. Its source is in the Teutoburg Forest, south-east of Osnabrück, on the north slope of the 307-metre (1,007 ft) high Hankenüll hill.

Weser-Ems watershed[edit]

After about 15 kilometres (9 mi), near Gesmold and about 6 kilometres (4 mi) west of Melle, the Hase encounters an anomaly of terrain and bifurcates such that each branch flows in a different drainage system:

  • one third of its waters flow along the south side of the Wiehengebirge hills eastward from Gesmold into the Else, which begins there, and flows into the Werre at Kirchlengern (north of Herford). The Werre is a tributary of the Weser.
  • two thirds of its waters (the Hase proper) flow northwest from Gesmold toward Osnabrück, past the towns listed below, and toward Meppen, where the Ems receives its flow.