river in France

The Dronne (Occitan: Drona) is a river in southwestern France, right tributary of the Isle river. It flows through the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

The Dronne near Champs-Romain
The Dronne at the rapids near Champs-Romain
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Departments Haute-Vienne, Dordogne, Charente, Charente-Maritime, Gironde
Communes Brantôme-en-Périgord, Ribérac, Coutras
 - left Côle, Rizonne
 - right Lizonne, Tude
City Coutras
Source Bussière-Galant
 - location Massif Central, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
 - elevation 486 m (1,594 ft)
 - coordinates 45°38′54″N 1°04′54″E / 45.64833°N 1.08167°E / 45.64833; 1.08167
Mouth Isle
 - location Coutras, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
 - elevation m (13 ft)
 - coordinates 45°02′16″N 0°08′54″W / 45.03778°N 0.14833°W / 45.03778; -0.14833
Length 200.6 km (125 mi)
Basin 2,798 km² (1,080 sq mi)
Discharge for Coutras
 - average 24.6 /s (869 cu ft/s)
Wikimedia Commons: Dronne

Its name appears, in an old form, in two communes of the Dordogne departmentː Saint-Méard-de-Drône and Saint-Pardoux-de-Drône. Its modern name appears in three communesː Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Saint-Méard-de-Drône, Saint-Pardoux-de-Drône.


The Dronne river has a length of 200.6 km (125 mi),[1] and a drainage basin with an area of approximately 2,798 km2 (1,080 sq mi).


The Dronne starts in the Massif Central, in the commune of Bussière-Galant, Creuse department, Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It starts in the Parc naturel régional Périgord Limousin at an altitude of about 486 metres (1,594 feet).[2]

It flows to the southwest and, finally, the river flows into at Coutras, in the Gironde department, at an altitude of about 4 metres (13 feet).[3]

The Dronne flows through 5 departments and 52 communes, all in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region; the main communes areː[1]

Main tributariesEdit

The main tributaries of the Charente river are:[1]

Left tributaries:

  • Côle - 51.5 km
  • Rizonne - 26.7 km
  • Chalaure - 19.8 km

Right tributaries:

  • Lizonne - 60.5 km
  • Tude - 43.3 km


Related pagesEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "La Dronne (P7--0250)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  2. "Source de la Dronne" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  3. "Confluence de la Dronne" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 18 July 2016.

Other websitesEdit