le Rhône

Rhône

Le Rhône

The majestic river Rhône with it's source in the Alps flows southwards full of glacial waters and empties into the Mediterranean Sea in Southern France.

The source is Gletsch, Obergoms (Switzerland) and the mouth is Mediterranean Sea.

Navigation on the Rhône starts at Sault-Brénaz and ends at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

The Rhône is 812 kilometres long (504.55 miles) with a total of 469 kilometres of navigable waterway.

There is a total of 17 locks, with an average of 1 lock every 27.59 kilometres (17.14 miles).

The highest altitude of the Rhône is 2209 metres (1,372.61 miles) above sea level.

We've divided the Rhône into the following different zones.

From Sault-Brénaz to Seyssal

The water draft is 2 metres (6′ 7″ ft) and the air draft is 6 metres (19′ 8″ ft).

There is a total of 4 locks in this section.

General lock size

There are "Freycinet" lock types.
Lock length 39 metres (127′ 11″ ft)
Lock width 5.2 metres (16′ 5″ ft)

From Lyon to Arles

The water draft is 3 metres (9′ 10″ ft) and the air draft is 6.3 metres (19′ 8″ ft).

There is a total of 12 locks in this section.

General lock size

There are "Large" lock types.
Lock length 190 metres (623′ 4″ ft)
Lock width 11.4 metres (36′ 1″ ft)

From Arles to Port-Saint-Louis

The water draft is 3.2 metres (9′ 10″ ft) and the air draft is 7 metres (22′ 12″ ft).

There is one lock in this section.

General lock size

There are "Large" lock types.
Lock length 135 metres (442′ 11″ ft)
Lock width 19 metres (62′ 4″ ft)

From Fourques to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

The water draft is 1 metres (3′ 3″ ft) and the air draft is 3 metres (9′ 10″ ft).

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