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Cère
River
CERE at Lamativie.JPG
Cère gorge near Lamativie
Country  France
Regions Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie
Departments Cantal, Corrèze, Lot
Small city Arpajon-sur-Cère
Source Font de Cère
 - location Saint-Jacques-des-Blats, Cantal, France
 - elevation 1,250 m (4,101 ft)
 - coordinates 45°5′4″N 2°43′49″E / 45.08444°N 2.73028°E / 45.08444; 2.73028
Confluence Dordogne
 - location Girac, Lot, France
 - elevation 127 m (417 ft)
 - coordinates 44°54′34″N 1°48′45″E / 44.90944°N 1.8125°E / 44.90944; 1.8125
Length 120.4 km (75 mi)
Basin 1,059 km² (409 sq mi)
Discharge for Biars-sur-Cère
 - average 25.9 /s (915 cu ft/s)

The Cère is a French river, in the Massif Central, that flows through the Cantal, Corrèze and Lot departments. It is a left tributary of the Dordogne (river) and is the main river of the Cantal department.

For about 20 km (12 mi), the Cère forms the border between, first, the Corrèze and the Cantal departments and, later, between the Corrèze and the Lot departments.

Geography

The Cère river has a length of 120.4 km (74.8 mi) and a drainage basin with an area of 1,059 km2 (409 sq mi).

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 25.90 m3/s (915 cu ft/s) at Biars-sur-Cère in the Lot department.

Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Biars-sur-Cère

Course

The source of the Cère river is in the southwestern Massif Central, in Col de Font de Cèrein the commune of Saint-Jacques-des-Blats, at an altitude of about 1,250 m (4,101 ft), in the Cantal department.

The Cère river flows to the west, in general, through 3 regions, 3 departments and 29 communes. Several communes are named after the river: Vic-sur-Cère, Arpajon-sur-Cère, Laval-de-Cère, Gagnac-sur-Cère, Biars-sur-Cère. It flows through the following communes, among others:

  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
    • Cantal department: Saint-Jacques-des-Blats, Thiézac, Vic-sur-Cère, Polminhac, Arpajon-sur-Cère, Sansac-de-Marmiesse, Saint-Étienne-Cantalès, Laroquebrou
  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
    • Corrèze department: Camps-Saint-Mathurin-Léobazel
  • Occitanie region
    • Lot department: Laval-de-Cère, Bretenoux, Biars-sur-Cère, Prudhomat.

Finally, it flows into the Dordogne river in the town of Girac in the Marne department.

Main tributaries

The main tributaries, over 20 km long, of the Cère river are:

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