Loire River

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The Loire river in Orléans
Loire river at Saint-Nazaire

The Loire River is the longest river in France. It is 1,013 km long. It originates in the Massif Central. Its mouth is near Nantes by the Atlantic Ocean. The Loire gives its name to 6 French departments. For years, the Loire was very important for France's commerce. When the railway developed in the 19th century, it put an end to its importance.

Tributaries[change | change source]

The Loire's tributaries include the following rivers, in order going upstream:

  • Maine (near Angers)
  • Mayenne (near Angers)
  • Ernée (in Saint-Jean-sur-Mayenne)
  • Sarthe (near Angers)
  • Loir (north of Angers)
  • Braye (in Pont-de-Braye)
  • Aigre (near Cloyes-sur-le-Loir)
  • Yerre (near Cloyes-sur-le-Loir)
  • Conie (near Châteaudun)
  • Ozanne (in Bonneval)
  • Huisne (in Le Mans)
  • Thouet (near Saumur)
  • Dive (near Saint-Just-sur-Dive)
  • Losse (near Montreuil-Bellay)
  • Argenton (near Saint-Martin-de-Sanzay)
  • Thouaret (near Taizé)
  • Cébron (near Saint-Loup-sur-Thouet)
  • Palais (near Parthenay)
  • Viette (near Parthenay)
  • Vienne (in Candes-Saint-Martin)
  • Creuse (north of Châtellerault)
  • Gartempe (in La Roche-Posay)
  • Clain (in Châtellerault)
  • Indre (east of Candes-Saint-Martin)
  • Cher (in Villandry)
  • Sauldre (in Selles-sur-Cher)
  • Arnon (near Vierzon)
  • Yèvre (in Vierzon)
  • Auron (in Bourges)
  • Beuvron (in Chaumont-sur-Loire)
  • Loiret (in Orléans)
  • Allier (near Nevers)
  • Sioule (near Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule)
  • Dore (near Puy-Guillaume)
  • Allagnon (near Jumeaux)
  • Ance (in Monistrol-d'Allier)
  • Nièvre (in Nevers)
  • Acolin (near Decize)
  • Aron (in Decize)
  • Besbre (near Dompierre-sur-Besbre)
  • Arroux (in Digoin)
  • Furan (in Andrézieux-Bouthéon)