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Hérault river

Origin Mont Aigoual Cévennes

Mediterranean Sea
43°16′57″N 3°26′39″E / 43.28250°N 3.44417°E / 43.28250; 3.44417 (Mediterranean Sea-Hérault)Coordinates: 43°16′57″N 3°26′39″E / 43.28250°N 3.44417°E / 43.28250; 3.44417 (Mediterranean Sea-Hérault)

Basin countries France
Length 148 km
Avg. discharge 50 m³/s
Basin area 2,900 km²

The Hérault (French pronunciation: ​[eʁo]; Occitan: Erau) is a river of southern France. Its length is 148 kilometres (92 mi). Its source is on the slopes of Mont Aigoual in the Cévennes mountains. It reaches the Mediterranean Sea near Agde.

Towns along the river

The Hérault flows through the following départements and towns:


  • Arre
  • Vis
  • Rieutord
  • Buèges
  • Lamalou
  • Lergue
  • Dourbie
  • Boyne
  • Peyne
  • Thongue


The lower reaches of the Hérault, from Bessan to the sea at Agde, are navigable. The lowest 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) are tidal, whilst the next 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) forms part of the Canal du Midi. These two sections of the river are linked to each other, and to the Canal du Midi to the west, by short junction canals and the famous Agde Round Lock.[1][2]

At the upper end of the section of the Hérault used by the Canal du Midi, the Prades Lock provides access to the Canal du Midi to the east. Above this lock, the river is navigable for a further 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) or so.[2]




  • The Hérault at the Sandre database
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