Ariège (river)

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Ariège River near Ax-les-Thermes.
Country France, Andorra
Main source Pyrenees
± 2,400 m (7,900 ft)
River mouth Garonne
43°31′2″N 1°24′36″E / 43.51722°N 1.41000°E / 43.51722; 1.41000Coordinates: 43°31′2″N 1°24′36″E / 43.51722°N 1.41000°E / 43.51722; 1.41000
Progression GaronneAtlantic Ocean
Basin size 3,860 km2 (1,490 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 164 km (102 mi)
  • Average rate:
    65 m3/s (2,300 cu ft/s)

The Ariège (Occitan: Arièja, Catalan: Arieja) is a 164 km long river in southern France, right tributary of the Garonne. Its source is in the Pyrenees, where it forms part of the border with Andorra. It flows north through the following départements and towns:

It flows into the Garonne in Portet-sur-Garonne, south of Toulouse. If the Latin origin of its name (Aurigera) is to be trusted, the Ariège is supposed to carry gold nuggets.