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River Map Summary
Small river, main tributary of the Rhone in southern France.


The Saone meets the Rhone at Lyon, where is is not much smaller. The average discharge is 400qm/s, while the Rhone is at 600qm/s. Furthermore the Rhone is the longer river, so the Saone ends here - though the river after the confluence follows the direction of the upper Saone along the Massif Central to the Mediterranean Sea.

Total of 51 locks. No worries, only three are between Lyon and Chalon-sur-Saone. The rest is upstream of Chalon-sur-Saone. But you'll usually turn around there, in order to cruise back to Lyon. So count them twice.

Cruise it
Small villages, food and wine. There are two main ways of cruising the Saone: Start a 7-10 days cruise at Lyon to Arles. Cruise the Rhone to the Camargue and its mouth at St.Port Louis. On these cruises you'll usually detour 2-3 days as far upstream as Macon or Chalon-sur-Saone - then turn around to Lyon. The other option would be a "Great France" trip, usually 14 days, one week cruising on the Rhone/Saone, then transfer from Chalon-sur-Saone to Paris in order to cruise the Seine as well. In this scenario you'll cruise the Saone only once. Eigher way - there is no cruise only on the Saone, you'll want to read the Rhone information as well.
Additional Facts
Altitude Profile
Geographical Facts
Length 473 km / 294 mil
Length Airline 283 km / 176 mil
GPS Source 48° 5′ 40″ N, 6° 10′ 55″ E
Source Elevation 392 m / 1 286 feet
Mouth Elevation 158 m / 519 feet
GPS Mouth 45° 43′ 39″ N, 4° 49′ 4″ E
Basin Area 29 950 km² / 11 561 mil²
Average Discarge 410 m³/s / 14 479 ft³/s
Waters IntoSaone - Rhone - Mediterrean Sea
Runs through countries

Upstream KMStation NameYesterday Average
394.00 Pont-la-Feuillee NA
384.00 Couzon-au-Mont-d'Or NA
369.00 Trevoux NA
321.00 Macon NA
290.00 Tournus NA
262.00 Chalon-sur-Saone NA
237.00 Verdun-sur-le-Doubs NA
208.00 Lechatelet NA
186.00 Auxonne NA
140.00 Gray NA
107.00 Ray-sur-Saone NA
89.00 Scey-et-St-Albin NA
55.00 Cendrecourt NA
34.00 Monthureux-sur-Saone NA