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The Dordogne river
Country France
Regions Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie
Departments Puy-de-Dôme, Corrèze, Cantal, Lot, Dordogne, Gironde
Communes Mont-Dore, Argentat, Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, Carennac, Souillac, Domme, Bergerac, Libourne
 - left Maronne, Cère
 - right Vézère, Isle
Cities Bergerac, Libourne
Source Puy de Sancy
 - location Massif Central, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
 - elevation 1,380 m (4,528 ft)
 - coordinates 45°32′18″N 2°49′09″E / 45.53833°N 2.81917°E / 45.53833; 2.81917
Mouth Atlantic Ocean
 - location Gironde estuary, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
 - elevation m (3 ft)
 - coordinates 45°02′42″N 0°36′22″W / 45.045°N 0.60611°W / 45.045; -0.60611
Length 483 km (300 mi)
Basin 23,957 km² (9,250 sq mi)
Discharge for Bergerac
 - average 270 /s (9,535 cu ft/s)
Location of the Dordogne River in France
Location of the Dordogne River in France
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The Dordogne (Occitan: Dordonha) is a river in south-central and southwest French. The Dordogne river and its drainage basin was named as a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO on 11 July 2012.


The Dordogne has a length of 483 km (300.1 mi), and a drainage basin with an area of approximately 23,957 km2 (9,250 sq mi).

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 270 cubic metres per second at Bergera.


La Dordogne
The Dordogne river at Bergerac

The Dordogne starts on the sides of the Puy de Sancy, Massif Central, in the commune of Mont-Dore, Puy-de-Dôme department, at an elevation of about 1,380 m (4,528 ft).

It flows generally west through the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and the Dordogne department before flowing into the Gironde where it joins, in the north of the city of Bordeaux, the Garonne river to form the Gironde estuary, at about 1 m (3 ft) of altitude.

The Dordogne flows through 4 regions, 6 departments and 173 communes. The main communes are:

Main tributaries

The main tributaries (more than 50 km long) of the Dordogne river are:

  • Left tributaries
    • Rhue - 56.6 km;
    • Maronne - 92.6 km;
    • Cère - 120.4 km;
    • Céou - 55.1 km;
  • Right tributaries
    • Chavanon - 54.2 km;
    • Diège - 54.4 km;
    • Triouzoune - 51.3 km;
    • Luzège - 64.2 km;
    • Doustre - 51.2 km;
    • Vézère - 211.2 km;
    • Isle - 255.3 km;


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