The river exhibits seasonal variations in flow rate, with winter floods from 84 to 108 cubic metres per second (3,000 to 3,800 cu ft/s) from December to March inclusive, and summer reductions in July/August/September falling to a monthly average.9 cubic metres per second (600 cu ft/s).Doubs River, its major tributary.

According to Caesar's Gallic Wars this doubling reflected the idea that it was difficult to identify the direction of the river due to its slow rate of flow.Many plaques marking this serious event are still visible in the villages affected.Hydrology edit The lesser Saône (Petite Saône) edit Source of the Saône at Vioménil The Saône at Gray The lesser Saône has a tendency to flood (sometimes influenced by snow with a very strong oceanic effect.

Nearby words of 'Saône related Terms of 'Saône source.Chalon-sur-Saône, Tournus, Mâcon, and Villefranche before joining the Rhône.