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The Saâne river (Biville-la-Rivière)
Native name La Saâne
Country France
Main source Val-de-Saâne
158 m (518 ft)
River mouth English Channel
49°53′N 0°55′E / 49.883°N 0.917°E / 49.883; 0.917Coordinates: 49°53′N 0°55′E / 49.883°N 0.917°E / 49.883; 0.917
Basin size 270 km2 (100 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 41 km (25 mi)
  • Average rate:
    2.6 m3/s (92 cu ft/s)

The Saâne is a river of Normandy, France, 40 kilometres (25 mi) in length,[1] flowing through the department of Seine-Maritime.


The Saâne has its source in the Pays de Caux in the territory of the hamlet of Varvannes, in the commune of Val-de-Saâne. Taking a northward journey, it flows through the communes of Saâne-Saint-Just, Auzouville-sur-Saâne, Biville-la-Rivière, Brachy, Gueures, Ouville-la-Rivière and Longueil and meets the English Channel between Quiberville and Sainte-Marguerite-sur-Mer. At Longueil, not far from the mouth, the flow is relatively low, at 2.6 m/s, because of the small size of the watershed (270 km),[2] however, at Gueures, on the right bank, a significant tributary, the Vienne river, 15 km in length, joins with the Saane. Like most other rivers in the region, the Saâne is classified as a first class river, offering anglers the chance to catch trout and salmon.[3]


  • Albert Hennetier, Aux sources normandes: Promenade au fil des rivières en Seine-Maritime, Ed. Bertout, Luneray, 2006 ISBN 2867436230

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  1. ^ consulted 11 october 2008
  2. ^ Station hydrologique de Longueil. Données hydrologiques, code de la station : G4202010. Consulted 11 june 2008.
  3. ^ The Saane The Saane on the Natura 2000 website.