The Recknitz is a river
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 in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in northeastern Germany
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. The Recknitz's glacial valley
U-shaped valley
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 stretches as far south as the heights at Glasewitz
Glasewitz is a municipality in the Rostock district, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany....

 near Güstrow
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. The river has no definite source, but rather builds up from streams and drainage ditches. The ditches of the Schaalbeke and Pludderbach have their water flow split between Liessow and Laage, but most of the water flows north as the Recknitz, while the lesser flow, called the Augraben, runs south to the river Nebel.

The lower Recknitz (from Ribnitz-Damgarten
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 to Bad Sülze
Bad Sülze
Bad Sülze is a town in the Vorpommern-Rügen district, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. It is situated on the river Recknitz, 35 km southwest of Stralsund, and 35 km east of Rostock....

) is the historic boundary between Mecklenburg
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 and Vorpommern. Nowadays, however, it is only a boundary between the Mecklenburg Regional Evangelical-Lutheran Church and the Pomeranian Evangelical Church.

Starting at Tessin
Tessin, Germany
Tessin is a town in the Rostock district, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. It is situated on the river Recknitz, 22 km east of Rostock.-References:...

, the Recknitz is navigable by canoe
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 the year round. Over the last few years, a number of measures have been undertaken along the river's course to restore the natural environment, making the landscape considerably more attractive in some people's eyes. On the other hand, others hold that the work will turn many parts of the river into a boggy, marshy wilderness full of reeds. Along one stretch of 30 km, three sections of riverside have been declared nature protection areas.

The Recknitz empties into the Saaler Bodden, the coastal waters of the Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea
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near Ribnitz-Damgarten.

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