Eau Rouge

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Red water ("Eau rouge" in French) on the banks of the river
The final stretch of the Eau Rouge, as it joins the river Amblève near Stavelot

The Eau Rouge is a small, 15 km long stream in the Belgian province of Liège, right tributary of the Amblève.

It starts in the Hautes Fagnes and ends in Challes, near Stavelot in the river Amblève. The river gets its name from the coloration of the stones and riverbed due to reddish iron oxide deposits. The Eau Rouge is particularly geomorphologically interesting, as it appears to be using the old Warche river streambed.

The Eau Rouge has been a border river for several periods in its existence, including an administrative boundary under the Roman Empire between Cologne and Tongeren, and the state border between The Netherlands and Prussia from 1815 to 1839 and then between Belgium and Prussia from 1839 to 1919.

Eau Rouge and the F1 Circuit[edit]

The bridge where the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps crosses the Eau Rouge at the corner bearing its name
The Eau Rouge river as it passes the interior of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, close to the pit complex.

The Eau Rouge has lent its name to the Eau Rouge corner, one of the best-known corners in Formula One racing circuits in the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps at the point where the track crosses it for the first time.


Coordinates: 50°27′36″N 6°01′05″E / 50.46°N 6.018°E / 50.46; 6.018