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The Indre in Rigny-Ussé
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Departments Cher, Indre, Indre-et-Loire
Communes Sainte-Sévère-sur-Indre, La Châtre, Ardentes, Châteauroux, Buzançais, Châtillon-sur-Indre, Loches, Montbazon, Azay-le-Rideau
 - left Vauvre
 - right Igneraie, Indrois
Cities La Châtre, Châteauroux, Loches
Source Monts de Saint-Marien
 - location Saint-Priest-la-Marche, Massif Central, France
 - elevation 405 m (1,329 ft)
 - coordinates 46°25′59″N 2°10′48″E / 46.43306°N 2.18000°E / 46.43306; 2.18000
Confluence Loire
 - location Avoine, Indre-et-Loire, France
 - elevation 30 m (98 ft)
 - coordinates 47°14′2″N 0°11′0″E / 47.23389°N 0.18333°E / 47.23389; 0.18333
Length 279.3 km (174 mi)
Basin 3,428 km² (1,324 sq mi)
Discharge for Lignières-de-Touraine
 - average 18.70 /s (660 cu ft/s)

The Indre is a river in central France, left tributary to the Loire River. The Indre and Indre-et-Loire departments are named after this river.


The Indre river has a length of 279.3 km (173.5 mi) and a drainage basin with an area of 3,428 km2 (1,324 sq mi) of which 18.29% are forests and 77.86% are used for farming.

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 18.7 m3/s (660 cu ft/s) at Lignières-de-Touraine, Indre-et-Loire.

Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Lignières-de-Touraine


The Indre starts in the Monts de Saint-Marien, southwestern Massif Central, in the commune of Saint-Priest-la-Marche, in the south of the Cher department near the border with the Creuse department, at an altitude of about 405 m (1,329 ft).

The Indre flows to the northwest, and passes through the Indre and Indre-et-Loire departments, in the Centre-Val de Loire region, and a total of 58 communes, most of them in the Indre department; the main communes are:

Finally, it flows into the Loire River in Avoine, in the Indre-et-Loire department.

Main tributaries

The main tributaries of the Indre river are:


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