Cher (river)


The Cher
Native name Le Cher
Country France
Main source Massif Central
762 m (2,500 ft)
River mouth Loire
47°20′33″N 0°28′49″E / 47.34250°N 0.48028°E / 47.34250; 0.48028Coordinates: 47°20′33″N 0°28′49″E / 47.34250°N 0.48028°E / 47.34250; 0.48028
Progression LoireAtlantic Ocean
Basin size 13,688 km2 (5,285 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 396 km (246 mi)
  • Average rate:
    104 m3/s (3,700 cu ft/s)

The Cher (Occitan: Char) is a river in central France, left tributary to the river Loire. Its source is in the Creuse département, north-east of Crocq. It joins the river Loire in Villandry, west of Tours.

The river suffered a devastating flood in 1940, which damaged Château de Chenonceau, which spans the river, and other structures along the banks.

Départements and towns along the river:

Main tributaries are, from spring to mouth (L: left / R: right):

It owes its name to the pre-Indo-European root kʰar 'stone'.


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