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Headwaters of the Dinkel near Rosendahl-Holtwick

Headwaters of the Dinkel near Rosendahl-Holtwick

Water code DE : 92864
location Germany


River system Rhine
Drain over Vechte  → Zwarte Water  → IJsselmeer  → North Sea
River basin district IJssel
source south of Holtwick
51 ° 59 ′ 12 ″  N , 7 ° 7 ′ 43 ″  E
Source height approx.  87  m above sea level NN
muzzle near Neuenhaus in die Vechte coordinates: 52 ° 30 '27 "  N , 6 ° 57' 47"  E 52 ° 30 '27 "  N , 6 ° 57' 47"  E
Mouth height 17  m
Height difference approx. 70 m
Bottom slope approx. 0.79 ‰
length 89 km
Catchment area 642.73 km²
Outflow at the Gronau gauge MQ
1.87 m³ / s
The spelled at Heek

The Dinkel river is an 89 km long tributary of the Vechte that flows from Germany to the Netherlands and then back to Germany. It is not identical to the Dinkel brook in the Vechta district , after which the city of Dinklage is named.


River course

The Dinkel rises in North Rhine-Westphalia in the western Münsterland in the Coesfeld district between Ahaus and Coesfeld in the municipality of Rosendahl . There their source is in the district of Holtwick, 2 km south of the village center.

From a height of around 80  m it flows from there first west-southwest in the direction of Gescher - where it forms the municipal boundary of Rosendahl for around 3 km - as well as the A 31 and then parallel to this in a northerly direction to Legden and Heek . After crossing under the federal highway, it reaches Gronau a little further northwest . In the Gronau urban area, it was straightened several times, especially for the purposes of the local textile companies . Behind Gronau, the Dinkel crosses the German-Dutch border, flows unevenly through a charming landscape in the area of ​​the municipalities of Losser and Denekamp and returns to the north-east of Ootmarsum on German territory, in the Lower County of Bentheim in Lower Saxony . It flows into the Vechte on the northern outskirts of Neuenhaus .


The Dinkel is 96.0 km long.

  • Germany - 41 km in North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Netherlands - 46 km
  • Germany - 9 km in Lower Saxony

Catchment area

The catchment area of ​​the spelled covers an area of ​​650 km².


and numerous small creeks without names



At Denekamp in the Netherlands, the Nordhorn-Almelo Canal crosses in a west-east direction. This channel is no longer used for shipping. Its banks are being developed as a natural area (ecological connecting strip), especially on Dutch territory.

Individual evidence

  1. Topographic map 1: 25,000
  2. ^ Topographical Information Management, Cologne District Government, Department GEObasis NRW
  3. Dinkel water profile - PDF, 183 kB  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  4. Rhine river basin district / Issel catchment area ( Memento of the original from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / daten.flussgebiete.nrw.de