Cher (river)

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The Cher
Native name Le Cher
Country France
Physical characteristics
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; 0.48028 (Loire-Cher)Coordinates: 47°20′33″N 0°28′49″E / 47.34250°N 0.48028°E / 47.34250; 0.48028 (Loire-Cher)
Length 367.8 km (228.5 mi)
  • Average rate:
    104 m3/s (3,700 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Progression LoireAtlantic Ocean
Basin size 13,718 km2 (5,297 sq mi)

The Cher (Occitan: Char) is a river in central France, a left tributary of the Loire. It is 367.8 km (228.5 mi) long and its basin area is 13,718 km2 (5,297 sq mi).[1] Its source is in the Creuse department, north-east of Crocq. It joins the river Loire at Villandry, west of Tours.

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

Departments and towns along the river:[2]

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

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


  1. ^ Sandre. "Fiche cours d'eau - Cher (K---0090)". 
  2. ^ "Geoportail Homepage". (in French). Retrieved 2017-06-17.