Sarthe (river)

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File:River Sarthe between Morannes and Chemiré-sur-Sarthe.jpg
Origin Perche
Mouth Maine
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Basin countries France
Length 313 km (194 mi)
Source elevation 250 m (820 ft)
Avg. discharge 34 m3/s (1,200 cu ft/s)*
Basin area 7,864 km2 (3,036 sq mi)*
*excluding Loir

The Sarthe is a river in western France. Together with the river Mayenne it forms the river Maine, which is a tributary to the river Loire.

Its source is in the Orne département, near Moulins-la-Marche. It flows generally southwest, through the following départements and towns:

A few kilometres after its confluence with the river Loir, it joins the river Mayenne, north of the city Angers. Its two main tributaries are the Evre River and the Huisne River.