The bridge over the Sioule in Menat.
|⁃ location||Massif Central|
|⁃ elevation||1,090 m (3,580 ft)|
|222 m (728 ft)|
|Length||167 km (104 mi)|
|Basin size||2,468 km2 (953 sq mi)|
|⁃ average||26 m3/s (920 cu ft/s)|
|Progression||Allier→ Loire→ Atlantic Ocean|
The Sioule is a 167 kilometres (104 mi) long river in central France, a left tributary of the river Allier. Its source is near the village of Orcival, north of Mont-Dore, in the Massif Central. The Sioule has cut a deep gorge, especially in its upper course. The Sioule flows generally northeast through the following departments and towns:
The Sioule flows into the river Allier at La Ferté-Hauterive, 10 km (6 mi) north of Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule.
The Fades viaduct, the tallest bridge in France, is located on the Sioule.
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