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Vézère
River
Vezere01.jpg
Bridge over the Vézère in Montignac.
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Departments Corrèze, Dordogne
Communes Brive-la-Gaillarde, Montignac
Tributaries
 - left Brézou, Corrèze
 - right Bradascou, Loyre
Cities Brive-la-Gaillarde, Montignac
Source Meymac
 - location Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
 - elevation 900 m (2,953 ft)
 - coordinates 45°35′2″N 0°53′28″E / 45.58389°N 0.89111°E / 45.58389; 0.89111
Confluence Dordogne
 - location Limeuil, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
 - elevation m (16 ft)
 - coordinates 44°52′53″N 0°53′28″E / 44.88139°N 0.89111°E / 44.88139; 0.89111
Length 211.2 km (131 mi)
Basin 3,736 km² (1,442 sq mi)
Discharge for Campagne
 - average 57.7 /s (2,038 cu ft/s)

The Vézère (Occitan: Vesera) is a river of southwestern France that flows through the Corrèze and Dordogne, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It is a right tributary of the Dordogne river.

The valley of the Vézère river is known for its prehistoric cave systems, with numerous cave paintings. UNESCO collectively designated these as a World Heritage Site in 1979.

Geography

The Vézère has a length of 211.2 km (131.2 mi), and a drainage basin with an area of approximately 9,656 km2 (3,728 sq mi).

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 57.7 m3/s (2,040 cu ft/s) at Campagne in the Dordogne department.

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Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Campagne (1968-2017)

Course

The Vézère starts in the Plateau de Millevaches, part of the Massif Central, in the commune of Meymac, Corrèze department, at an elevation of about 900 m (2,953 ft).

It flows generally southwest through the Corrèze and Dordogne departments before flowing into the Dordogne river in Limeuil at about 5 m (16 ft) of altitude.

The Vézère flows through 1 region, 2 departments and 53 communes. The main communes are:

  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
    • Corrèze: Chavanac, Pérols-sur-Vézère, Bugeat, Treignac, Uzerche, Vigeois, Larche
    • Dordogne: Terrasson-Lavilledieu, Montignac, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, Le Bugue

Main tributaries

The main tributaries (more than 20 km long) of the Vézère river are:

  • Left tributaries
    • Ars - 20.7 km;
    • Brézou - 29.6 km;
    • Corrèze - 94.6 km;
  • Right tributaries
    • Soudaine - 25.8 km;
    • Bradascou - 33 km;
    • Loyre - 45.3 km;

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