Hérault (river)

river in southern France

The Hérault (Occitan: Erau) is a river in southern France that flows into the Mediterranean Sea. The Hérault department is named after this river.

Remains of the Roman bridge of Saint-Thibéry across the river Hérault
Roman bridge of Saint-Thibéry across the Hérault
Country France
Region Occitanie
Departments Gard, Hérault
Communes Valleraugue, Ganges, Pézenas, Agde
 - left Rieutord
 - right Vis, Lergue, Peyne, Thongue
City Agde
Source Cévennes
 - location Mont Aigoual, Massif Central, France
 - elevation 1,370 m (4,495 ft)
 - coordinates 44°6′55″N 3°33′0″E / 44.11528°N 3.55000°E / 44.11528; 3.55000
Mouth Mediterranean Sea
 - location Agde, Hérault, France
 - elevation m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 43°16′57″N 3°26′38″E / 43.28250°N 3.44389°E / 43.28250; 3.44389
Length 147.6 km (92 mi)
Basin 2,582 km² (997 sq mi)
Discharge for Agde
 - average 41.90 /s (1,480 cu ft/s)
Wikimedia Commons: Hérault River


The Hérault river has a length of 147.6 km (91.7 mi) and a drainage basin with an area of 2,582 km2 (997 sq mi) of which 64.8% are forests and 32.0% are used for farming.[1]

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 41.9 m3/s (1,480 cu ft/s) at Agde, near its mouth.[2]

Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Agden


The Hérault starts in the Col de Prat Peyrot on the Mont Aigoual, in the Cévennes, southeastern Massif Central, in the commune of Valleraugue, Gard department, at an altitude of about 1,370 m (4,495 ft).[3]

The Hérault flows to the south, in general, and passes through the Gard and Hérault, in the Occitanie region, and a total of 43 communes, most of them in the Hérault department:[1]

Finally, it flows into the Mediterranean Sea in Agde, in the Hérault department.[4]

Main tributariesEdit

The Hérault river at Agden

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


Related pagesEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "L'Hérault (Y2--0200)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  2. "L'Hérault à Agde [Bassin Rond]" (in French). Banque Hydro. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  3. "Source du l'Hérault" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  4. "Confluence du l'Hérault" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 28 February 2017.

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