The Allier (UK: // AL-ee-ay, US: /
Bridge over the Allier
Map of the Allier in France
|Native name||Alèir (Occitan)|
|⁃ location||Massif Central|
|⁃ elevation||1,503 m (4,931 ft)|
|Length||421 km (262 mi)|
|Basin size||14,350 km2 (5,540 sq mi)|
|⁃ average||140 m3/s (4,900 cu ft/s)|
|Progression||Loire→ Atlantic Ocean|
Departments and towns
The Allier flows through the following departments, and along the following towns:
- Allier: Moulins, Varennes-sur-Allier, Vichy, Saint-Yorre
- Ardèche - the river runs along the border between this department and Lozère
- Cher: Mornay-sur-Allier, Château-sur-Allier
- Haute-Loire: Brioude, Langeac, Monistrol-d'Allier
- Lozère: Langogne, La Bastide-Puylaurent
- Puy-de-Dôme: Brassac-les-Mines, Auzat-sur-Allier, Issoire, Cournon-d'Auvergne, Pont-du-Château, Cournon-d'Auvergne
The main tributaries of the Allier are:
- Chapeauroux (left side)
- Senouire (right side)
- Alagnon (left side)
- Couze Pavin (left side)
- Dore (right side)
- Dolore (left side)
- Morge (left side)
- Sioule (left side)
- Monne (left side)
- Veyre (left side)
The Allier is one of the rare places in southern Europe where the freshwater grayling (Thymallus thymallus), known in French as ombre des rivières, occurs in a natural habitat.
Grayling like to live in shoals and are sensitive to pollution. In the Allier these fish are more abundant in the stretch between Langogne and Brioude. They are economically important, being appreciated for food and fished for sport.
- The bridge Le Guétin.
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