Verdon (river)

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Grand Canyon de Verdon.jpg
A view from the Verdon Gorge
Physical characteristics
 • locationAlpes-de-Haute-Provence
 • elevation2,819 m (9,249 ft)
 • location
 • coordinates
43°43′6″N 5°44′54″E / 43.71833°N 5.74833°E / 43.71833; 5.74833Coordinates: 43°43′6″N 5°44′54″E / 43.71833°N 5.74833°E / 43.71833; 5.74833
Length166.5 km (103.5 mi)
Basin size2,295 km2 (886 sq mi)
Basin features
ProgressionDuranceRhôneMediterranean Sea
 • leftArtuby

The Verdon (French pronunciation: ​[vɛʁdɔ̃], Occitan: [ˈbeɾðu]) is a 166.5-kilometre-long (103.5 mi) river in Southeastern France, left tributary of the Durance.[1] Its drainage basin is 2,295 km2 (886 sq mi).[2] The Verdon is best known for its impressive canyon: the Verdon Gorge. This limestone canyon, also called the "Grand Canyon of Verdon", 20 kilometres (12 mi) long and more than 300 metres (980 ft) deep, is a popular climbing and sight-seeing area. The name comes from the green appearance of the waters of the river, in the canyon.


Its source is at an elevation of 2,819 metres (9,249 ft), in the southwestern part of the French Alps (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), between the Col d'Allos and the Trois Évêchés mountain, south of Barcelonnette. It flows southwest through the following departments and towns:

The Verdon flows through several artificial lakes, before flowing into the river Durance near Vinon-sur-Verdon, south of Manosque.

Its main tributaries are the Artuby, Colostre, Jabron and Issole.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Sandre. "Fiche cours d'eau - Le Verdon (X2--0200)".
  2. ^ Bassin versant : Verdon (Le), Observatoire Régional Eau et Milieux Aquatiques en PACA