|Reference no.||DE: 9628|
|• location||Northwest of Schwerin and the Neumühler See|
|Into the Pötenitzer Wiek|
|Length||52 km (32 mi)|
|Basin size||701 km2 (271 sq mi)|
|Progression||Trave→ Baltic Sea|
|• left||Radegast, Maurine|
|• right||Poischower Mühlenbach|
The river rises northwest of city of Schwerin and the lake of Neumühler See near the Brüsewitz settlement of Eulenkrug and north of a hill ridge at a height of about . From there it first flows through the lake Rehmsee and then a succession of other lakes, including the Reservoir Faulmühle, the Cramoner See, the Wendelstorfer See and the Großeichsener See. Continuing to head northwest, it collects the River Radegast in Börzow and the Maurine four kilometres (2.5 mi) before Dassow. The river section from Rüting to Dassow has numerous meanders.
Just behind the Dassow Bridge in Lübeck the Stepenitz empties into the Dassower See. Through this lake its waters reach the Pötenitzer Wiek, a bay of the Trave river, the Priwall Peninsula and Mecklenburg, where the Stepenitz discharges into the Trave at sea level. A few hundred metres further north, by Travemünde, the Trave reaches the Baltic. The length of the river from source to its mouth on the Dassower See is 52 kilometres (32 mi). Its catchment covers an area of 701 km2 (271 sq mi).
The source region of the Stepenitz lies on the North Sea-Baltic Sea Watershed. While the Stepenitz flows in a northwesterly direction via the Trave to the Baltic, the waters of the Sude, which rises just a few kilometres further southwest and heads in a southwesterly direction, run via the River Elbe to the North Sea.
- Minister für Bau, Landesentwicklung und Umwelt (publ.): Gewässergütebericht 1994, Schwerin, 1996, p. 16
- Local maps and Ursprung der Stepenitz, Freimüthiges Abendblatt, Schwerin, Vol. 17/1835 (digitalised; pdf; 112 kB) and Ministry of the Environment, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: Gewässergütebericht 1993, Schwerin, 1994, p. 58
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