Don (Vilaine)

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Progression VilaineAtlantic Ocean
Basin countries France
Length 119 km (74 mi)

The River Don is a river in Brittany, France. It is a tributary of the river Vilaine.


The River Don rises in the steppes of Brittany, near the towns of Saint-Michel-Chef-Chef and Chanveaux in Maine-et-Loire. The river flows west, passing through the towns of Saint-Julien-de-Vouvantes and Petit-Auverné, where the Little Don joins it. The river flows through the towns of Isse, Treffieux and Jans, where the River Cone joins it. After passing under the RN 137, it continues toward Marsac-sur-Don, Guémené-Penfao and then Massérac, where it empties into the River Vilaine at the border of Loire-Atlantique and the Ille-et-Vilaine.


The River Don has a very irregular flow rate over the months, like other tributaries of the River Vilaine.

The flow of the Don was observed and documented in a study which took place over a period of 25 years (1983-2007). The results were taken from near the Don's confluence with the Vilaine. It showed that the average annual flow rate 3.77 cubic meters per second. However, the Don has strong seasonal fluctuations in flow rates, in common with other tributaries of the Valaine, and other rivers of Brittany. The highest waters occur in winter, and are characterized by average monthly rates ranging from 5.95 to 11.7 cubic meters per second. From March, the flow decreases rapidly, to the lowest water in summer from June to mid-October. The results are clearer in the bar graph, below.

Average flow (in cubic metres per second) of the River Don
Monthly averages over a 25-year period (1983 to 2007), taken from near its confluence with the Vilaine

See also