Kleine Emme

The Kleine Emme is a river of the canton of Lucerne, Switzerland, a left tributary of the Reuss extending for 58 km, draining a basin of 477 km². It is not to be confused with the Emme of the canton of Berne. The Kleine Emme rises as the Waldemme in the southwestern corner of the canton of Obwalden, in the Brienzer Rothorn massif at the Emmensprung, flowing north-west along the Mariental, past Sörenberg. Turning north, it enters the Entlebuch region, where it is joined by the Weissemme near Schüpfheim and by the Entlen at Entlebuch. After receiving the Fontannen, it turns to the east at Wolhusen where it is joined by the Wigger and later by the Rümlig. From here, it flows parallel to the Pilatus chain, past Malters, joining the Reuss at Emmen, 2 km downstream of Lake Lucerne.

Kleine Emme
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Alluvial zone
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Location
CountrySwitzerland
Physical characteristics
SourceEmmensprung
 • coordinates46°48′38″N 8°6′0″E / 46.81056°N 8.10000°E / 46.81056; 8.10000 (Kleine Emme (source))
MouthReuss
 • coordinates
47°4′1″N 8°17′15″E / 47.06694°N 8.28750°E / 47.06694; 8.28750 (Kleine Emme (mouth))Coordinates: 47°4′1″N 8°17′15″E / 47.06694°N 8.28750°E / 47.06694; 8.28750 (Kleine Emme (mouth))
Basin features
ProgressionReussAareRhineNorth Sea
Valley of the Waldemme, mainstream of the Kleine Emme