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Course of the Ain.
Native name En
Country France
Physical characteristics
Main source Jura mountains
± 700 m (2,300 ft)
46°44′58″N 6°1′24″E / 46.74944°N 6.02333°E / 46.74944; 6.02333 (source Ain)
River mouth Rhône
45°47′45″N 5°10′10″E / 45.79583°N 5.16944°E / 45.79583; 5.16944 (Rhône-Ain)
Length 190 km (120 mi)
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.


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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