The Stepenitz is a right-hand tributary of the River Trave in the northwest of the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and within the borough of Lübeck in the state of Schleswig-Holstein.
Th 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 49 m above sea level . From there it first flows through the Rehmsee and then a succession of other lakes, including the Speicher Faulmühle, the Cramoner See, the Wendelstorfer See and the Groß Eichsener See. Continuing to head northwest, it collects the River Radegast in Börzow and the Maurine four kilometres before Dassow. The river section from Rüting to Dassow has numerous meanders.
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