Cher (river)

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Coordinates: 47°20′33″N 0°28′50″E / 47.34250°N 0.48056°E / 47.34250; 0.48056
Cher
River
Cher riviere.jpg
The Cher river at Saint-Georges-sur-Cher
Country France
Regions Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Centre-Val de Loire
Departments Creuse, Puy-de-Dôme, Allier, Cher, Loir-et-Cher, Indre, Indre-et-Loire
Tributaries
 - left Tardes, Arnon, Fouzon
 - right Aumance, Yèvre, Sauldre
Cities Montluçon, Tours
Source
 - location Mérinchal, Massif Central, France
 - elevation 715 m (2,346 ft)
 - coordinates 45°55′17″N 2°28′25″E / 45.92139°N 2.47361°E / 45.92139; 2.47361
Mouth Loire
 - location Villandry, Indre-et-Loire, France
 - elevation 38 m (125 ft)
 - coordinates 47°20′33″N 0°28′50″E / 47.34250°N 0.48056°E / 47.34250; 0.48056
Length 367.8 km (229 mi)
Basin 13,920 km² (5,375 sq mi)
Discharge for Tours
 - average 92.60 /s (3,270 cu ft/s)
Wikimedia Commons: Cher river

The Cher is a river in central France. It is a left tributary of the Loire River. It flows through several regions of France.

The Cher and Loir-et-Cher departments are named after this river.

Geography[change | change source]

The Cher is 367.8 kilometres (228.5 miles) long. Its drainage basin covers 13,920 square kilometres (5,375 square miles).[1]

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 92.60 m3/s (3,270 cu ft/s) at Tours, Indre-et-Loire (1966 - 2017), near its mouth.[2]

Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Tours

Course[change | change source]

The Cher starts in the Massif Central, in the Mérinchal municipality, Creuse department, Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It starts at an altitude of about 715 metres (2,346 feet).[3]

The Cher flows, in general, to the northwest. It goes through the following regions, departments and communes:[1]

At its end, the Cher flows into the Loire River at the bec du Cher ("beak of the Cher")[N 1] in the Regional nature park Loire-Anjou-Touraine (Parc naturel régional Loire-Anjou-Touraine) in Villandry. That is about 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of the city of Tours, in the Indre-et-Loire department, at 38 metres (125 feet) of altitude.[4]

Main tributaries[change | change source]

The main tributaries, with a length greater than 50 km, of the Cher are:

Gallery[change | change source]

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Notes[change | change source]

  1. The French word bec (beak or bill in English) means, in this and similar cases, the confluence of two rivers.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "le Cher (K---0090)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  2. "Le Cher à Tours (Pont Saint Sauveur)" (in French). Banque Hydro. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  3. "Source de le Cher" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  4. "Confluence de le Cher" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  5. "Fiche cours d'eau: la Tardes (K51-0300)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  6. "Fiche cours d'eau: l'Arnon (K6--0240)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  7. "Fiche cours d'eau: le Fouzon (K65-0300)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  8. "Fiche cours d'eau: l'Aumance (K53-0300)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  9. "Fiche cours d'eau: l'Yèvre (K5--0230)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  10. "Fiche cours d'eau: la Sauldre (K6--0250)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 29 December 2014.