The Lanterne at Lantenot
|Native name||La Lanterne|
|Main source||Parc naturel régional des Ballons des Vosges
430 m (1,410 ft)
216 m (709 ft)
|Progression||Saône→ Rhône→ Mediterranean Sea|
|Basin size||1,020 km2 (390 sq mi)|
|Length||69 km (43 mi)|
The Lanterne rises within the parc naturel régional des Ballons des Vosges, in the commune of La Lanterne-et-les-Armonts in the département of Haute-Saône. It flows westward, then northwestward, then northward, and finally southwestward. It receives fast-flowing tributaries from the Massif des Vosges in the north. It flows to the south of Luxeuil-les-Bains and Saint-Loup-sur-Semouse.
The watershed of the Lanterne is scattered with over 1,000 bodies of water, notably in the "Plateau des Mille Étangs" (plateau of a thousand ponds) in the Vosges Massif.
Cherlieu Abbey owns fisheries at Conflans.
The Lanterne is fed by the following tributaries and sub-tributaries:
The annual mean flow rate of the Lanterne, calculated over 45 years of measurements at Fleurey-lès-Faverney as of 2008 (1964–2008), is 22.1 m³/s for a watershed of 1,020 km². The river exhibits seasonal fluctuations in flow rate, with winter floods from 32.4 to 37.3 m³/s from December to March inclusive, and weak flow in summer, in July/August/September, characterised by a decrease in the average monthly flow rate to 6.86 m³ in August.
Average monthly flow rate (m³/s) measured at the Fleurey-lès-Faverney hydrological station - data calculated from 45 years of measurements
At low water, the 3-year low instantaneous flow rate can drop to 1.7 m³/s in the case of a dry five-year period.
Floods can be very significant. The maximum instantaneous flow rates over a 2-year and 5-year period (MIFR2 and MIFR5) measure 130 and 180 m³/s respectively. The MIFR10 is 220 m³/s, and the MIFR50 is 290 m³/s.
For purposes of comparison, the MIFR10 measured at Cailly-sur-Eure for the Eure river, a western French river of comparable flow rate in the Seine basin, is only 90 m³/s, while its MIFR50 is 120 m³/s. Thus the Lanterne, whose watershed is less than a quarter the extent of the Eure, exhibits floods more than twice as large.
The maximum instantaneous flow rate recorded for the Lanterne was 286 m³/s on 30 December 2001, while the maximum recorded daily average flow rate was 240m³/s on 26 May 1983. By relating them to MIFR values of the river, the December 2001 values represent a 50-year event and thus a fairly exceptional flooding.
The Lanterne is a powerful and substantial river. The runoff curve number in its watershed is 687 mm annually, which is high, and results from heavy rainfall in the part of its basin within the Vosges massif. Its specific flow rate reaches a solid 21.7 litres per second per square kilometre of basin. On receiving the Lanterne, the flow rate of the Saône increases by a full two-thirds.
- (French) Sandre website
- [(French) http://www.hydro.eaufrance.fr/selection.php Banque Hydro - Station U0474010 - La Lanterne à Fleurey-lès-Faverney (Synthèse)] (Do not tick the box "Station en service")
(French) Plaquette "La Lanterne et ses affluents - Qualité des eaux superficielles - données 1993-94" de l'Observatoire Régional de l'Environnement de Franche-Comté