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Coordinates: 46°59′09″N 3°09′45″E / 46.98583°N 3.1625°E / 46.98583; 3.1625
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The Nièvre river in Nevers
Country France
Region Burgundy
Department Nièvre
Communes Guérigny, Nevers
 - left Nièvre de Champlemy, Nièvre d’Arzembouy
City Nevers
Source Bourras-la-Grange
 - location Champlemy, Nièvre, France
 - elevation 280 m (919 ft)
 - coordinates 47°18′34″N 3°20′03″E / 47.30944°N 3.33417°E / 47.30944; 3.33417
Mouth Loire
 - location Nevers, Nièvre, France
 - elevation 170 m (558 ft)
 - coordinates 46°59′09″N 3°09′45″E / 46.98583°N 3.1625°E / 46.98583; 3.1625
Length 49.6 km (31 mi)
Basin 630 km² (243 sq mi)
Discharge for Urzy
 - average 5.28 /s (186 cu ft/s)
Wikimedia Commons: Nièvre River

The Nièvre is a small river in France, right tributary of the Loire river. It flows through the Nièvre department in the Burgundy region.

Two communes of the Nièvre department have the name of the river in their names: Dompierre-sur-Nièvre and La Celle-sur-Nièvre.


The Nièvre river has a length of 49.6 km (30.8 mi) and a drainage basin with an area of 630 km2 (243 sq mi).[1]

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 5.28 cubic metres per second at Uzy.[2]


The source of the Nièvre is near the village Bourras-la-Grange in the Champlemy commune, Nièvre department, at an altitude of about 280 m (919 ft).[3]

The Nièvre flows, in general, from the northeast to the southwest and passes through the following cantons and communes, all in the Nièvre department:[1]

Finally, it flows, as a right tributary into the Loire river in the centre of the city of Nevers, at 170 m (558 ft) of altitude.[4]

Main tributaries

The main tributaries of the Nièvre are (only right tributaries because the left tributaries are very short):

  • Nièvre de Champlemy - 8.8 km;[5]
  • Nièvre d’Arzembouy - 28.7 km;[6]


The Nièvre river flowing through downtown Nevers before joining the Loire river:

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