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Clain
River
Chasseneuil-du-Poitou Clain.jpg
The Clain in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Departments Charente, Vienne
Communes Saint-Benoît, Pressac, Vivonne, Poitiers
Tributaries
 - left Dive du Sud, Vonne, Boivre, Auxance, Palu
 - right Clouère, Miosson
Cities Poitiers, Saint-Benoît, Jaunay-Clan, Naintré
Source near Chapelle Beau Clain
 - location Hiesse, Charente, France
 - elevation 210 m (689 ft)
 - coordinates 46°01′35″N 0°35′29″E / 46.02639°N 0.59139°E / 46.02639; 0.59139
Confluence Vienne river
 - location Cenon-sur-Vienne, Vienne, France
 - elevation 49 m (161 ft)
 - coordinates 46°46′53″N 0°32′26″E / 46.78139°N 0.54056°E / 46.78139; 0.54056
Length 144 km (89 mi)
Basin 3,217 km² (1,242 sq mi)
Discharge for Dissay
 - average 21.5 /s (759 cu ft/s)

The Clain is a river in western France that flows through the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It flows into the Vienne river, as a left tributary.

Geography

The Clain river has a length of 144 km (89 mi) and a drainage basin with an area of approximately 3,217 km2 (1,242 sq mi).

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 21.5 m3/s (760 cu ft/s) at Dissay, south of Châtellerault near the confluence with the Vienne river.

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Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Dissay

Course

The Clain river starts in the Charente department near the border with the Vienne department, in the place called Chapelle Beau Clain to the south of the commune of Hiesse, at an elevation of about 210 m (689 ft). From here, it flows to the north into the Vienne department.

Finally, the river flows into the Vienne river, on the left side, in the commune of Cenon-sur-Vienne near Châtellerault.

The Clain flows through 2 departments and 33 communes, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region:

  • Charente: Hiesse, Alloue.
  • Vienne: Champagne-Saint-Hilaire, Pressac, Epenede, Romagne, Sommières-du-Clain, Château-Garnier, Joussé, Payroux, Mauprevoir, Saint-Martin-l'Ars, Voulon, Anche, Naintré, Beaumont, Vouneuil-sur-Vienne, Saint-Cyr, Migne-Auxances, Jaunay-Clan, Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, Saint-Georges-lès-Baillargeaux, Dissay, Liguge, Poitiers, Saint-Benoit, Buxerolles, Smarves, Iteuil, Roches-Premarie-Andille, Aslonnes, Vivonne, Cenon-sur-Vienne (confluence).

Main tributaries

The main tributaries of the Clain river are:

Left tributaries:

  • Dive du Sud - 43.9 km
  • Vonne - 72.9 km
  • Boivre - 46.1 km
  • Auxance - 61.6 km
  • Palu - 31.5 km

Right tributaries:

  • Clouère - 76.3 km
  • Miosson - 33.4 km

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