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Coordinates: 46°3′3″N 4°6′33″E / 46.05083°N 4.10917°E / 46.05083; 4.10917
St.Cyr-de-Favières (Loire, Fr) le Rhins à l'Hôpital-sur-Rhins.JPG
The Rhins in Saint-Cyr-de-Favières.
Country  France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Departments Rhône, Loire
Municipalities Amplepuis, Le Coteau, Roanne
 - left Gand
 - right Trambouze
City Roanne
Source Monts du Beaujolais
 - location Ranchal, Rhône, France
 - elevation 760 m (2,493 ft)
 - coordinates 46°8′8″N 4°21′55″E / 46.13556°N 4.36528°E / 46.13556; 4.36528
Confluence Loire
 - location Roanne, Loire, France
 - elevation 265 m (869 ft)
 - coordinates 46°3′3″N 4°6′33″E / 46.05083°N 4.10917°E / 46.05083; 4.10917
Length 59.8 km (37 mi)
Basin 468 km² (181 sq mi)
Discharge for Saint-Cyr-de-Favières
 - average 5.17 /s (183 cu ft/s)
Wikimedia Commons: Rhins (river)

The Rhins or Reins is a river in central France in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. It is a right tributary of the Loire river.

Geography[change | change source]

The Rhins river has a length of 59.8 km (37.2 mi), and a drainage basin with an area of 468 km2 (181 sq mi).[1]

Course[change | change source]

The Rhins starts in the Monts du Beaujolais, in the commune of Ranchal, (Rhône department), at an altitude of about 760 m (2,493 ft).[2] From here, the Rhins flows first to the south, then to the west and ends flowing to the northwest.

The Rhins river flows within the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, 2 departments and 21 communes. It flows through the following communes, among others:[1]

Finally, it flows into the Loire river in the commune of Roanne.[3]

Main tributaries[change | change source]

Confluence Rhins (l) - Gand (r) in Saint-Cyr-de-Favières.

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

Hydrology[change | change source]

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 5.17 m3/s (183 cu ft/s) at Saint-Cyr-de-Favières in the Loire department, for the period 1969 - 2017.[4]

Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Saint-Cyr-de-Favières (1969 - 2017)[4]

The Rhins is a very irregular small river; it shows typical seasonal fluctuations. The highest levels of the river are in winter and spring, from November to May inclusive, with the highest level in February. They are followed by a rapid fall in the flow during the low water period that goes from late June to early October.

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Rivière Le Rhins (K09-0300)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  2. "Source du Rhins" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  3. "Confluence du Rhins" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Le Rhins à Saint-Cyr-de-Favières (Pont Mordon)" (in French). Banque Hydro. Retrieved 14 October 2017.