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Saône
River
Saône Tournus1.JPG
The Saône in Tournus.
Country  France
Regions Grand Est, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Departments Vosges, Haute-Saône, Côte-d'Or, Saône-et-Loire, Ain, Rhône, Metropolitan Lyon
Tributaries
 - left Doubs, Lanterne, Ognon
 - right Vingeanne, Grosne, Azergues
Cities Chalon-sur-Saône, Tournus, Mâcon, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Lyon
Source
 - location Vioménil, Vosges, France
 - elevation 405 m (1,329 ft)
 - coordinates 48°5′32″N 5°10′47″E / 48.09222°N 5.17972°E / 48.09222; 5.17972
Confluence Rhône
 - location Lyon, Metropolitan Lyon, France
 - elevation 161.8 m (531 ft)
 - coordinates 45°43′42″N 4°49′7″E / 45.72833°N 4.81861°E / 45.72833; 4.81861
Length 480 km (298 mi)
Basin 29,950 km² (11,564 sq mi)
Discharge for Couzon-au-Mont-d'Or
 - average 470 /s (16,598 cu ft/s)

The Saône is a river in eastern France. It is a right tributary of the Rhône river. It starts in the Vosges department amd joins the Rhône in the city of Lyon.

Two French departments has the name of the river in their names: Haute-Saône and Saône-et-Loire, both in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.

Geography

The Saône river has a length of 480 km (298.3 mi) and a drainage basin with an area of 29,950 km2 (11,564 sq mi).

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 470 m3/s (17,000 cu ft/s) at Couzon-au-Mont-d'Or in the Metropolitan Lyon.

Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Couzon-au-Mont-d'Or (13 years)

Course

The Saône river starts in the commune of Vioménil in the Vosges department, at an altitude of about 405 m (1,329 ft). The river flows in general to the south-southwest.

The Saône river flows through the 3 regions and 6 departments. It flows through the following communes, among others:

The Saône river flows into the Rhône river as a right tributary in the city of Lyon.

Main tributaries

The main tributaries, over 40 km long, of the Saône river are:

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