Indre River

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Coordinates: 47°14′2″N 0°11′0″E / 47.23389°N 0.18333°E / 47.23389; 0.18333
The Indre in Rigny-Ussé
The Indre in Rigny-Ussé
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Departments Cher, Indre, Indre-et-Loire
Communes Sainte-Sévère-sur-Indre, La Châtre, Ardentes, Châteauroux, Buzançais, Châtillon-sur-Indre, Loches, Montbazon, Azay-le-Rideau
 - left Vauvre
 - right Igneraie, Indrois
Cities La Châtre, Châteauroux, Loches
Source Monts de Saint-Marien
 - location Saint-Priest-la-Marche, Massif Central, France
 - elevation 405 m (1,329 ft)
 - coordinates 46°25′59″N 2°10′48″E / 46.43306°N 2.18000°E / 46.43306; 2.18000
Confluence Loire
 - location Avoine, Indre-et-Loire, France
 - elevation 30 m (98 ft)
 - coordinates 47°14′2″N 0°11′0″E / 47.23389°N 0.18333°E / 47.23389; 0.18333
Length 279.3 km (174 mi)
Basin 3,428 km² (1,324 sq mi)
Discharge for Lignières-de-Touraine
 - average 18.70 /s (660 cu ft/s)
Wikimedia Commons: Indre river

The Indre is a river in central France, left tributary to the Loire River. The Indre and Indre-et-Loire departments are named after this river.

Geography[change | change source]

The Indre river has a length of 279.3 km (173.5 mi) and a drainage basin with an area of 3,428 km2 (1,324 sq mi) of which 18.29% are forests and 77.86% are used for farming.[1]

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 18.7 m3/s (660 cu ft/s) at Lignières-de-Touraine, Indre-et-Loire.[2]

Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Lignières-de-Touraine

Course[change | change source]

The Indre starts in the Monts de Saint-Marien, southwestern Massif Central, in the commune of Saint-Priest-la-Marche, in the south of the Cher department near the border with the Creuse department, at an altitude of about 405 m (1,329 ft).[3]

The Indre flows to the northwest, and passes through the Indre and Indre-et-Loire departments, in the Centre-Val de Loire region, and a total of 58 communes, most of them in the Indre department; the main communes are:[1]

Finally, it flows into the Loire River in Avoine, in the Indre-et-Loire department.[4]

Main tributaries[change | change source]

The main tributaries of the Indre river are:[1]

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "L'Indre (K7--0260)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  2. "L'Indre à Lignières-de-Touraine (Marnay)" (in French). Banque Hydro. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  3. "Source de l'Indre" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  4. "Confluence de l'Indre" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 25 July 2017.