The Eau Rouge is a small, 15-kilometre-long (9 mi) stream in the Belgian province of Liège. It is a right tributary of the Amblève.

Eau Rouge
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Red water (eau rouge in French) on the banks of the river
Physical characteristics
 • locationHigh Fens
 • location
 • coordinates
50°23′41″N 5°56′47″E / 50.3948°N 5.9464°E / 50.3948; 5.9464Coordinates: 50°23′41″N 5°56′47″E / 50.3948°N 5.9464°E / 50.3948; 5.9464
Length15 km (9 mi)
Basin features
ProgressionAmblèveOurtheMeuseNorth Sea
The final stretch of the Eau Rouge, as it joins the river Amblève near Stavelot

It starts in the Hautes Fagnes ("High Fens") and ends in Challes, near Stavelot in the river Amblève. The French words eau rouge mean 'red water' and the river gets its name from the reddish coloration of the stones and riverbed due to the presence of iron oxide deposits. The Eau Rouge is particularly geomorphologically interesting,[according to whom?] as it appears[where?] to be using the old Warche river stream bed.[citation needed]

The Eau Rouge has been a border river for several periods in its existence, including an administrative boundary under the Roman Empire between Cologne and Tongeren, and the state border between the Netherlands and Prussia from 1815 to 1839 and then between Belgium and Prussia from 1839 to 1919.

Eau Rouge and the F1 CircuitEdit

The Eau Rouge has lent its name to the Eau Rouge corner, one of the best-known corners in Formula One race tracks in the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps motor racing circuit, at the point where the track crosses it for the first time.


  1. ^ "Eau Rouge or Raidillon? Spa's 'confusing' corner names". Formula One World Championship Limited. 23 August 2018. Retrieved 31 December 2019.