Ilmenau (river)

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Ilmenau bei Uelzen.jpg
The Ilmenau near Uelzen
State Lower Saxony, Germany
Reference no. DE: 594
Basin features
Main source source: confluence of the Gerdau and Stederau in Veerßen nr. Uelzen
35 m above sea level (NN) 
(Gerdau 70 m above NN, Stederau 66 m above NN)
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
River mouth near Hoopte, Winsen (Luhe), into the Elbe
2 m above sea level (NN)
53°23′44″N 10°10′25″E / 53.395417°N 10.17361°E / 53.395417; 10.17361
Progression Elbe → North Sea
River system Elbe
Basin size 2,852 km2 (1,101 sq mi)
  • Left:
    Bienenbütteler Mühlenbach, Barnstedt Melbecker Bach, Hasenburger Mühlenbach, Luhe
  • Right:
    Wipperau, Röbbelbach, Wohbeck, Vierenbach, Dieksbach, Neetze Canal, Neetze, Ilau-Schneegraben
Physical characteristics
Length 107 km (66 mi)
  • Average rate:
    17.7 m3/s (630 cu ft/s)
Navigable 28.84 km (17.92 mi)

The Ilmenau is a river in the south of Hamburg, 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 kilometres (66 mi) long. The largest towns along the Ilmenau are Uelzen and Lüneburg. The city Ilmenau in Thuringia is not along the river Ilmenau but along the river Ilm (Thuringia).Even though this waterway is hardly used,yet it is used for some other important works like boating license essential,etc.[1]