Leda (river)

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This article is about the River Leda. For other topics, see Leda (disambiguation).
Location Lower Saxony,  Germany
Basin features
Main source northwest of Spahnharrenstätte
25 m above sea level (NN) as "Ohe"
52°53′30″N 7°34′02″E / 52.89167°N 7.56722°E / 52.89167; 7.56722Coordinates: 52°53′30″N 7°34′02″E / 52.89167°N 7.56722°E / 52.89167; 7.56722
River mouth southwest of Leer into the Ems
1 m above sea level (NN)
53°12′37″N 7°25′27″E / 53.21033°N 7.42414°E / 53.21033; 7.42414
Progression Ems → North Sea
River system Ems
Basin size 1,917 km2 (740 sq mi)
Landmarks Villages: Breddenberg, Sedelsberg, Ramsloh, Strücklingen, Potshausen
  • Left:
    Hauptfehn Canal, Polder Canal
  • Right:
    Loruper Beeke, Rittveengraben, Marka, Bollinger Canal, Jümme
Physical characteristics
Length 75 km (47 mi)
Navigable 25 km (16 mi)

The Leda is a river in north-western Germany in the state of Lower Saxony. It is a right tributary of the Ems and originates at the confluence of the Sagter Ems and the Soeste (Dreyschloot) near the town of Barßel. The Leda flows into the Ems near the town of Leer. On the southern bank of the Leda, in the Overledingen Land (Overledingen="country over the Leda"), opposite Leer, lies the small settlement of Kloster Muhde (Muhde from the Old Frisian mutha meaning "(river) mouth"). The total length of the river is 29 kilometres (18 mi), of which the lower 1.9 kilometres (1.2 mi) are navigable for sea-going vessels.[citation needed]

Mouth of the Leda on the Ems

In East Frisia the Sagter Ems, a headstream of the Leda, is also known as the Leda.