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The Ain river in Pont-du-Navoy
Country  France
Regions Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Departments Jura, Ain
Small city Champagnole
Source Jura mountains
 - location Conte, Jura, France
 - elevation 680 m (2,231 ft)
 - coordinates
Confluence Rhône
 - location Saint-Maurice-de-Gourdans, Ain, France
 - elevation 185 m (607 ft)
 - coordinates
Length 190 km (118 mi)
Basin 3,765 km² (1,454 sq mi)
Discharge for Chazey-sur-Ain
 - average 121 /s (4,273 cu ft/s)
The Ain in eastern France
The Ain in eastern France
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The Ain (in Franco-Provençal: En) is a river in eastern France. It is a right tributary of the Rhône river.It gave its name to the French department of Ain.


The Ain river has a length of 190 km (118.1 mi), and a drainage basin with an area of 3,765 km2 (1,454 sq mi).

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 121 m3/s (4,300 cu ft/s) at Chazey-sur-Ain in the Ain department.


The source of the Ain is a karst spring (a spring that is part of a karst system) in the Jura mountains, between the Conte an the La Favière communes (Jura department), at an altitude of about 680 m (2,231 ft). From here, the Ain flows to the south.

The Ain river flows through 2 regions, 2 departments and 66 communes. It flows through the following communes, among others:

Finally, it flows into the Rhône river in the commune of Saint-Maurice-de-Gourdans, on the border with the Isère department.

Main tributaries

The main tributaries of the Ain river are:


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