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Thouet
River
Le Thouet en aval de Montreuil-Bellay, près de Saumoussay.jpg
The Thouet near Montreuil-Bellay
Country France
Regions Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Pays de la Loire
Departments Deux-Sèvres, Maine-et-Loire
Communes Secondigny, Parthenay, Thouars, Saumur
Tributaries
 - left Palais, Cébron, Thouaret, Argenton
 - right Losse, Dive
Cities Parthenay, Thouars, Saumur
Source Plateau de Gâtines
 - location Le Beugnon, Deux-Sèvres, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
 - elevation 223 m (732 ft)
 - coordinates 46°36′13″N 0°29′15″W / 46.60361°N 0.4875°W / 46.60361; -0.4875
Confluence Loire
 - location Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France
 - elevation 25 m (82 ft)
 - coordinates 47°16′50″N 0°6′38″W / 47.28056°N 0.11056°W / 47.28056; -0.11056
Length 142.5 km (89 mi)
Basin 3,282 km² (1,267 sq mi)
Discharge for Le Tallud
 - average 13.5 /s (477 cu ft/s)

The Thouet is a river in western France, flowing through the Deux-Sèvres and Maine-et-Loire departments, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Pays de la Loire regions.

It is one of the last left tributary of the Loire river.

Geography

The Thouet river has a length of 142.5 km (89 mi) and a drainage basin with an area of approximately 3,282 km2 (1,267 sq mi).

Course

The Thouet starts in the Gâtine plateau, west of the Deux-Sèvres department, in the commune of Le Beugnon, near Secondigny and close to the source of the Sèvre Nantaise river, at an elevation of about 223 m (732 ft). From the source to Parthenay the river flows in a generally southwest-northwest direction. To the east of Parthenay, the river turns north and flows on a generally northward direction for the rest of its course.

Finally, the river flows into the Loire river in the city of Saumur.

The Thouet flows through 2 regions, 2 departments and 34 communes; some of them are:

  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
    • Deux-Sèvres: Le Beugnon, Secondigny, Parthenay, Saint-Loup-Lamairé, Airvault, Thouars, Saint-Martin-de-Sanzay.
  • Pays de la Loire region

Main tributaries

The main tributaries of the Thouet river are:

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