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Ain
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Course of the Ain.
Native name En
Country France
Physical characteristics
Main source Jura mountains
± 700 m (2,300 ft)
River mouth Rhône
Length 190 km (120 mi)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    130 m3/s (4,600 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Progression RhôneMediterranean Sea
Basin size 3,630 km2 (1,400 sq mi)

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.

Geography

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.

Course

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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