Allier (river)

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Brioude pont.JPEG
Origin Massif Central
Mouth Loire
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Basin countries France
Length 421 km (262 mi)
Source elevation 1,503 m (4,931 ft)
Avg. discharge 140 m3/s (4,900 cu ft/s)
Basin area 14,321 km2 (5,529 sq mi)

The Allier (Occitan: Alèir) is a river in central France, and is the left tributary to the Loire River. Its source is in the Massif Central, in the Lozère département, east of Mende. It flows generally north. It joins the Loire River west of the city of Nevers.

Départements and towns along the river

Tributaries include


Grayling in a sunny pool

The Allier River 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.[1]

Grayling like to live in shoals and are sensitive to pollution. In the Allier River these fish are more abundant in the stretch of the river between Langogne and Brioude. They are economically important, being appreciated for food and fished for sport.