Oude IJssel

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Oude IJssel
Isselbrücke Doetinchem.jpg
Bridge near Doetinchem
Countries Netherlands, Germany
 - left Waalse Water (nl)
 - right Bocholter Aa → Aa Strang, Schlinge (river)Bielheimerbeek (nl)
 - location near Raesfeld, Westphalia, Germany
 - elevation 55.5[1] m (182 ft)
 - coordinates 51°47′40.6″N 6°49′49.8″E / 51.794611°N 6.830500°E / 51.794611; 6.830500
 - location near Doesburg, in the IJssel, Gelderland, Netherlands
 - elevation 5[1] m (16 ft)
 - coordinates 52°0′45.9″N 6°7′40.9″E / 52.012750°N 6.128028°E / 52.012750; 6.128028Coordinates: 52°0′45.9″N 6°7′40.9″E / 52.012750°N 6.128028°E / 52.012750; 6.128028
Length 81.7 km (51 mi)
Basin 1,214[1] km2 (469 sq mi)
Discharge for Doesburg
 - average 10.5[1] m3/s (371 cu ft/s)
Progression IJsselIJsselmeer

Oude IJssel (Dutch, pronounced [ˌʌudə ˈʔɛisəl]), literally old IJssel, or Issel (German) is a river in Germany and the Netherlands approximately 82 km long. It is a right tributary of the river IJssel. Oude IJssel means "Old IJssel" in Dutch; the Oude IJssel was the upper course of the IJssel until the connection with the Rhine was dug, possibly in the Roman era.

Since that moment the Rhine became the largest contributor to the flow of the IJssel, although only a relatively small amount of the total Rhine flow made its way into the IJssel system. Various tributaries can sometimes add quite some water to the total flow of the river, for example the Berkel and the Schipbeek. The IJssel river is the only branch of the Rhine delta that consumes tributary rivers instead of giving birth to distributary rivers. The latter only happens at the very last part of the river, where the small IJssel Delta is created.

The Oude IJssel begins near Borken in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It flows southwest until it nearly reaches the Rhine near Wesel, then it turns northwest. After Isselburg it crosses the border with the Netherlands and enters the province of Gelderland. It flows through Doetinchem and joins the IJssel in Doesburg.


  1. ^ a b c d Beheersgebied Oude IJssel, Waterschap Rijn en IJssel (in Dutch)