Maine (river)

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Not to be confused with Maine River (Maine).
For other uses, see Maine River (disambiguation).
Maine aval angers.jpg
The Maine near Angers
Native name La Maine
Country France
Basin features
Main source Sarthe and Mayenne
±25 m (82 ft)
River mouth Loire
47°24′39″N 0°36′53″W / 47.41083°N 0.61472°W / 47.41083; -0.61472 (Loire-Maine)Coordinates: 47°24′39″N 0°36′53″W / 47.41083°N 0.61472°W / 47.41083; -0.61472 (Loire-Maine)
Progression LoireAtlantic Ocean
Basin size 22,194 km2 (8,569 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 12 km (7.5 mi)
  • Average rate:
    128 m3/s (4,500 cu ft/s)

The Maine [mɛːn] is a river, a tributary of the Loire, 12 km (7 mi.) long, in the Maine-et-Loire département in France.

It is formed by the confluence of the Mayenne and Sarthe rivers north of Angers. It flows through this city and joins the Loire south-west of Angers.

The river's name is derived from the ancient Meodena, and is unrelated to Maine, the province.