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Country France
Physical characteristics
Main source Massif Central
River mouth Tarn River
43°47′4″N 1°41′1″E / 43.78444°N 1.68361°E / 43.78444; 1.68361 (Tarn-Agout)
Length 195 km (121 mi)
Basin features
Progression TarnGaronneAtlantic Ocean
Basin size 3,500 km2 (1,400 sq mi)

The Agout or Agoût (Occitan: [Agot] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help)) is a river in southwestern France, left tributary of the Tarn river. It flows through the Occitanie region.

Three communes have the name of the river in their names: La Salvetat-sur-Agout, Fraisse-sur-Agout and Vielmur-sur-Agout.


The Agout river has a length of 194.4 km (120.8 mi) and a drainage basin with an area of 3,497 km2 (1,350 sq mi).

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 41 m3/s (1,400 cu ft/s) at Lavaur in the Tarn department.

Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Lavaur (56 years)


The source of the Agout is on the Monts d'Espinouse, in the southern Massif Central in the Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Languedoc ("Regional Natural Park of High Languedoc"), in the commune of Cambon-et-Salvergues, Hérault department, at an altitude of about 1,060 m (3,478 ft).

The Agout flows, in general, to the northwest and passes through the following regions, departments and communes:

  • Occitanie region
    • Hérault: La Salvetat-sur-Agout, Fraisse-sur-Agout
    • Tarn: Brassac, Castelnau-de-Brassac, Coufouleux, Giroussens, Burlats, Lavaur, Castres, Rabastens, Saint-Sulpice

The Agout river flows through a total of 36 communes.

Finally, it flows, as a left tributary into the Tarn river at Saint-Sulpice, in the Tarn department, at 98 m (322 ft) of altitude.

Main tributaries

The main tributaries, with a length greater than 30 km, of the Agout are:

  • Left tributaries
    • Durenque - 31.5 km; it joins the Agout in Castres.
    • Thoré - 61.6 km;
    • Sor - 60.8 km;
  • Right tributaries
    • Gijou - 50.1 km;
    • Dadou - 115.8 km;


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