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Lot
Occitan: Olt
River
Le Lot Cahors 3.jpg
The Lot at Cahors
Country France
Regions Occitanie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Departments Lozère, Aveyron, Cantal, Lot, Lot-et-Garonne
Communes Mende, Cahors, Fumel, Villeneuve-sur-Lot
Tributaries
 - left Bramont, Dourdou de Conques, Riou Mort, Diège, Boudouyssou
 - right Colagne, Truyère, Célé, Thèze, Lémance, Lède
Cities Cahors, Villeneuve-sur-Lot
Source Cévennes
 - location Le Bleymard, Massif Central, France
 - elevation 1,272 m (4,173 ft)
 - coordinates 44°30′50″N 3°46′47″E / 44.51389°N 3.77972°E / 44.51389; 3.77972
Mouth Garonne
 - location Aiguillon, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
 - elevation 23 m (75 ft)
 - coordinates 44°18′52″N 0°20′04″E / 44.31444°N 0.33444°E / 44.31444; 0.33444
Length 485 km (301 mi)
Basin 11,400 km² (4,402 sq mi)
Discharge for Villeneuve-sur-Lot
 - average 155 /s (5,474 cu ft/s)
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The Lot (Occitan: Olt) is a river in southern France, tributary of the Garonne river. The Lot department is named after this river.

Geography

The Lot river has a length of 290.7 km (180.6 mi) and a drainage basin with an area of 11,400 km2 (4,402 sq mi).

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 155 cubic metres per second at Villeneuve-sur-Lot.

Course

The source of the Lot is on the Mont Lozère, in the Cévennes, southeastern Massif Central, in the commune of Le Bleymard, in the Lozère department, at an altitude of about 1,272 m (4,173 ft).

The Lot flows, with many meanders, to the west, in general, and passes through the following regions, departments and communes:

  • Occitanie region
  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
    • Cantal: Vieillevie, Saint-Projet-de-Salers, the river is the border between Aveyron and Cantal for several kilometres to the north of Conques
  • Occitanie region
    • Aveyron: Saint-Geniez-d'Olt, Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt, Espalion, Estaing, Entraygues-sur-Truyère, Capdenac-Gare
    • Lot: Soturac, Touzac, Vire-sur-Lot, Grézels, Puy-l'Évêque, Pescadoires, Lagardelle, Bélaye, Castelfranc, Albas, Luzech, Parnac, Douelle, Cahors, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Capdenac, Cajarc, Mercuès
  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
    • Lot-et-Garonne: Fumel, Saint-Vite, Penne-d'Agenais, Saint-Sylvestre-sur-Lot, Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Sainte-Livrade-sur-Lot, Le Temple-sur-Lot, Castelmoron-sur-Lot, Granges-sur-Lot, Lafitte-sur-Lot, Clairac, Bourran, Aiguillon


The Lot river flows through 131 communes.

Finally, it flows, as a right tributary into the Garonne near Aiguillon, in the Lot-et-Garonne department, at 23 m (75 ft) of altitude.

Main tributaries

Truyere
Truyère river
  • Left tributaries
    • Bramont - 25.4 km;
    • Dourdou de Conques - 83.7 km;
    • Riou Mort - 23.1 km;
    • Diège - 19.1 km;
    • Boudouyssou - 31.9 km;
  • Right tributaries
    • Colagne - 58.4 km;
    • Boralde de Saint-Chély-d'Aubrac - 25.1 km;
    • Boralde Flaujaguèse - 29.3 km;
    • Truyère - 167.2 km;
    • Célé - 104.4 km;
    • Thèze - 26.6 km;
    • Lémance - 34.5 km;
    • Lède - 54.1 km;

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