Creuse River in Argenton-sur-Creuse
|Main source||Plateau de Millevaches
932 m (3,058 ft)
|Progression||Vienne→ Loire→ Atlantic Ocean|
|Basin size||9,570 km2 (3,690 sq mi)|
|Length||264 km (164 mi)|
The Creuse (Occitan: Cruesa) is a 264-kilometre (164 mi) long river in western France, a tributary of the river Vienne. Its source is in the Plateau de Millevaches, a north-western extension of the Massif Central.
The Creuse flows northwest through the following departments and towns:
- Creuse department (named after the river): Aubusson.
- Indre department: Argenton-sur-Creuse, Le Blanc.
- Indre-et-Loire department : Yzeures-sur-Creuse, Descartes
- Vienne department: La Roche-Posay
Dams and lakes
There are six hydroelectric dams on the river. Three are in the Creuse département with one at Chambon-Sainte-Croix above Anzeme, one at Les Chezelles near Le Bourg-d'Hem and one at L'Âge upstream of La Celle-Dunoise. The remaining three are in the Indre including the Éguzon dam which was opened in 1926 and was, at the time, the largest dam in Europe. The lakes created by the dams are popular tourist destinations and several have artificial beaches and leisure facilities.
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