|- location||Atlantic Ocean|
|Length||381 km (237 mi)|
|Basin size||10,000 km2 (3,900 sq mi)|
|- average||40 m3/s (1,400 cu ft/s)|
The Charente (Saintongeais: Chérente, Occitan: Charanta) is a river in southwestern France that flows through the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Two departments, Charente and Charente-Maritime, are named after the river.
Geography[change | change source]
Course[change | change source]
The Charente river starts in western Massif Central, in the commune of Chéronnac, Haute-Vienne department, at an elevation of about 1,380 m (4,528 ft). It flows to the northwest for about 12 km (7 mi) and then flows through the north of the Charente department.
The river keeps flowing to the northwest and gets into the Vienne department. After the commune of Civray, the river turns to the southwest and gets back into the Charente department. After Angoulême, the river turns west and, after Cognac, to the northwest.
- Haute-Vienne: three communes.
- Vienne: ten communes and the cities Charroux and Civray.
- Charente: 78 communes and the cities Gond-Pontouvre, Angoulême, Châteauneuf-sur-Charente, Jarnac and Cognac.
- Charente-Maritime: 35 communes and the cities Saintes, Tonnay-Charente et Rochefort.
Main tributaries[change | change source]
Gallery[change | change source]
The source of the Charente in Cheronnac