Mayenne (river)

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The Mayenne at Laval

The Mayenne at Laval

Water code FRM --- 0090
location France , Normandy and Pays de la Loire regions
River system Loire
Drain over Maine  → Loire  → Atlantic Ocean
source in the parish of Lalacelle,
48 ° 27 '23 "  N , 0 ° 7' 54"  W
Source height approx.  343  m
muzzle Confluence with Sarthe above Angers to Maine Coordinates: 47 ° 29 ′ 36 ″  N , 0 ° 32 ′ 32 ″  W 47 ° 29 ′ 36 ″  N , 0 ° 32 ′ 32 ″  W
Mouth height approx.  14  m
Height difference approx. 329 m
Bottom slope approx. 1.6 ‰
length approx. 203 km
Left tributaries see table
Right tributaries see table
Medium-sized cities Laval
Small towns Mayenne , Château-Gontier
Navigable from the mouth to above Mayenne
The Mayenne near Grez-Neuville

The Mayenne is an approx. 203 km long river in the Normandy and Pays de la Loire regions in north-western France .


The Mayenne rises in the municipality of Lalacelle in the hills of southern Normandy. From there it first runs a short distance in a northerly direction, then to the west and finally to take a predominantly southern direction. After a length of around 203 km it forms shortly before Angers , together with the Sarthe , the Maine , which flows into the Loire after a few kilometers .

Crossed departments

Places on the river

Ambrières-les-Vallées , Mayenne , Laval , Château-Gontier , Le Lion-d'Angers , Angers




The Mayenne is navigable from the mouth to above Mayenne . The Oudon to Segré can also be navigated from the tributaries . The transport of goods is no longer relevant; However, the route, interrupted by numerous locks (écluses) , is still popular for river tourism with sport boats and houseboats .

Web links

Commons : Mayenne  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b (1: 16,000)
  2. a b The information on the river length is based on the information about the Mayenne from SANDRE (French), accessed on November 26, 2011, rounded to the nearest kilometer.