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Cher
River
Cher riviere.jpg
The Cher river at Saint-Georges-sur-Cher
Country France
Regions Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Centre-Val de Loire
Departments Creuse, Puy-de-Dôme, Allier, Cher, Loir-et-Cher, Indre, Indre-et-Loire
Tributaries
 - left Tardes, Arnon, Fouzon
 - right Aumance, Yèvre, Sauldre
Cities Montluçon, Tours
Source
 - location Mérinchal, Massif Central, France
 - elevation 715 m (2,346 ft)
 - coordinates 45°55′17″N 2°28′25″E / 45.92139°N 2.47361°E / 45.92139; 2.47361
Mouth Loire
 - location Villandry, Indre-et-Loire, France
 - elevation 38 m (125 ft)
 - coordinates 47°20′33″N 0°28′50″E / 47.34250°N 0.48056°E / 47.34250; 0.48056
Length 367.8 km (229 mi)
Basin 13,920 km² (5,375 sq mi)
Discharge for Tours
 - average 92.60 /s (3,270 cu ft/s)

The Cher is a river in central France. It is a left tributary of the Loire River. It flows through several regions of France.

The Cher and Loir-et-Cher departments are named after this river.

Geography

The Cher is 367.8 kilometres (228.5 miles) long. Its drainage basin covers 13,920 square kilometres (5,375 square miles).

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 92.60 m3/s (3,270 cu ft/s) at Tours, Indre-et-Loire (1966 - 2017), near its mouth.

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Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Tours

Course

The Cher starts in the Massif Central, in the Mérinchal municipality, Creuse department, Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It starts at an altitude of about 715 metres (2,346 feet).

The Cher flows, in general, to the northwest. It goes through the following regions, departments and communes:

  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
  • Centre-Val de Loire region
    • Cher: Ainay-le-Vieil, Bouzais, Saint-Amand-Montrond, Châteauneuf-sur-Cher, Colombiers, Corquoy, Crézançay-sur-Cher, Drevant, Épineuil-le-Fleuriel, Farges-Allichamps, Foëcy, La Groutte, Lapan, Lunery, Méry-sur-Cher, Nozières, Orval, La Perche, Quincy, Saint-Florent-sur-Cher, Saint-Caprais, Saint-Georges-de-Poisieux, Saint-Georges-sur-la-Prée, Saint-Loup-des-Chaumes, Thénioux, Vallenay, Venesmes, Vierzon
    • Loir-et-Cher : Angé, Bourré, La Chapelle-Montmartin, Châtillon-sur-Cher, Châtres-sur-Cher, Châteauvieux, Couddes, Faverolles-sur-Cher, Gièvres, Mareuil-sur-Cher, Mennetou-sur-Cher, Monthou-sur-Cher, Montrichard, Pouillé,Selles-sur-Cher, Saint-Aignan, Saint-Georges-sur-Cher, Saint-Julien-sur-Cher, Seigy, Thésée, Villefranche-sur-Cher.
    • Indre : Chabris
    • Indre-et-Loire : Athée-sur-Cher, Azay-sur-Cher, Bléré, Chenonceaux, Chisseaux, Civray-de-Touraine, La Croix-en-Touraine, Dierre, Larçay, La Riche, Saint-Avertin, Saint-Genouph, Savonnières, Tours, Véretz, Villandry.

At its end, the Cher flows into the Loire River at the bec du Cher ("beak of the Cher") in the Regional nature park Loire-Anjou-Touraine (Parc naturel régional Loire-Anjou-Touraine) in Villandry. That is about 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of the city of Tours, in the Indre-et-Loire department, at 38 metres (125 feet) of altitude.

Main tributaries

The main tributaries, with a length greater than 50 km, of the Cher are:

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