Venoge (river)

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"La Venoge" redirects here. For the poem by Jean Villard Gilles, see La Venoge (poem).
Mouth of La Venoge.jpg
The mouth of the Venoge and Lake Geneva
Source L'Isle
 - elevation 700 m (2,297 ft)
Mouth Saint-Sulpice
 - elevation 380 m (1,247 ft)
Length 44 km (27 mi)

The Venoge is a Swiss river located in the Canton of Vaud, a confluent of the Rhône River, via Lake Geneva. The Swiss poet Jean Villard Gilles has written a poem about it, La Venoge, in 1954.


The course of the river, near Saint-Sulpice

The Venoge has its source at L'Isle in the canton of Vaud and flows 44 km down to Lake Geneva, by Saint-Sulpice.


Between its source in L'Isle and Lake Geneva, la Venoge runs through Cuarnens, La Chaux, Moiry, Chevilly, Ferreyres, La Sarraz, Éclépens, Lussery-Villars, Daillens, Cossonay, Penthalaz, Penthaz, Gollion, Vufflens-la-Ville, Aclens, Bussigny-près-Lausanne, Bremblens, Échandens, Écublens, Denges, Préverenges to finally reach Saint-Sulpice.


  • Le Veyron
  • La Molombe
  • La Senoge


The Venoge was called Venobia in 814, Venubia in 937, Vinogia in 7th century, Venopia in 1313 and Venogy in 1316. Its name is probably of Celtic origin.

In 1913 it was described as splitting at La Sarraz, with the smaller part joining to the Mozon, which flows into Lake Neuchâtel at Yverdon-les-Bains, and the main part turning to the south and flowing into Lake Geneva east of Morges.[1]

The river has been subject to heavy pollution during the 20th century. The building of more and better sewage plants along its course has led to an improvement since 1990.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nathan Haskell Dole, "The Spell of Switzerland", L. C. Page & Company, Boston, 1913.
  2. ^ "Etat actuel de la Venoge et du Veyron" (in French). Canton de Vaud. Archived from the original on May 25, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 

Coordinates: 46°31′N 6°35′E / 46.517°N 6.583°E / 46.517; 6.583