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Pont du Diable à Olliergues.jpg
Pont du Diable ("Devil's bridge") in Olliergues.
Country  France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Departments Puy-de-Dôme
Municipalities Ambert, Courpière, Thiers, Puy-Guillaume
 - left Dolore, Miodet
 - right Faye, Couzon, Durolle, Credogne
City Ambert
Source Bois de Berny
 - location Saint-Bonnet-le-Bourg, Puy-de-Dôme, France
 - elevation 1,034 m (3,392 ft)
 - coordinates 45°28′32″N 3°34′56″E / 45.47556°N 3.58222°E / 45.47556; 3.58222
Confluence Allier
 - location Ris, Puy-de-Dôme, France
 - elevation 264 m (866 ft)
 - coordinates 46°0′35″N 3°28′26″E / 46.00972°N 3.47389°E / 46.00972; 3.47389
Length 140.5 km (87 mi)
Basin 1,710 km² (660 sq mi)
Discharge for Dorat
 - average 19.70 /s (696 cu ft/s)

The Dore is a river in central France in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, in the Puy-de-Dôme department. It is a right tributary of the Allier river and it is one of the three more important tributaries of the Allier river (with the Sioule and Alagnon rivers).


The Dore river has a length of 140.5 km (87.3 mi), and a drainage basin with an area of 1,710 km2 (660 sq mi).

Its valley is between the Monts du Forez, to the east, and the Monts du Livradois, to the west.


The Dore starts in the place known as Bois de Berny, in the commune of Saint-Bonnet-le-Bourg, (Puy-de-Dôme department), at an altitude of about 1,034 m (3,392 ft). From here, the Dore flows first to the southeast and then to the northwest.

The Dore river flows within the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the Puy-de-Dôme department and 21 communes. It flows through the following communes, among others: Dore-l’Église, Marsac-en-Livradois, Ambert, Vertolaye, Olliergues, Sauviat, Courpière, Néronde-sur-Dore, Peschadoires, Dorat, Puy-Guillaume.

Finally, it flows into the Allier river in the commune of Ris.

Main tributaries

The main tributaries of the Dore river are:


Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 19.70 m3/s (696 cu ft/s) at Dorat in the Puy-de-Dôme department, for the period 1991 - 2017.

Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Dorat (1991 - 2017)


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