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The Gartempe in Saint-Germain
Country France
Regions Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Centre-Val de Loire
Departments Creuse, Haute-Vienne, Vienne, Indre, Indre-et-Loire
Communes Bessines-sur-Gartempe, Montmorillon, La Roche-Posay
 - left Ardour, Couze, Vincou
 - right Anglin, Brame, Semme
City Montmorillon
Source Massif Central
 - location Creuse, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
 - elevation 640 m (2,100 ft)
 - coordinates 46°05′17″N 1°55′17″E / 46.08806°N 1.92139°E / 46.08806; 1.92139
Mouth Creuse
 - location La Roche-Posay
Yzeures-sur-Creuse, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
 - elevation 55 m (180 ft)
 - coordinates 46°47′03″N 0°49′48″E / 46.78417°N 0.83°E / 46.78417; 0.83
Length 204.6 km (127 mi)
Basin 3,913 km² (1,511 sq mi)
Discharge for La Roche-Posay
 - average 38 /s (1,342 cu ft/s)

The Gartempe is a French river that flows through the Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Centre-Val de Loire regions.

It rises in the Massif Central and flows into the Creuse river, as a left tributary, in the Vienne department.


The Gartempe river has a length of 204.6 km (127 mi) and a drainage basin with an area of approximately 3,913 km2 (1,511 sq mi).


The Gartempe river starts in western Massif Central, near the hamlet of Pétillat in the commune of Peyrabout, Creuse department, at an elevation of about 640 m (2,100 ft). From here, it generally flows to the northwest.

Finally, the river flows into the Creuse river in La Roche-Posay (Vienne department, on the left side) and Yzeures-sur-Creuse (Indre-et-Loire department, on the right side).

The Gartempe flows through 5 departments and 46 communes, in 2 regions:

Main tributaries

The main tributaries of the Gartempe river are:

Left tributaries:

  • Ardour - 33.5 km
  • Couze - 35.2 km
  • Vincou - 50.4 km

Right tributaries:

  • Anglin - 91.3 km
  • Brame - 60.4 km
  • Semme - 50.3 km


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