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The Doubs

After the Saône, into which it flows, the Doubs is the second longest river in central eastern France.

Gentle, yet spirited

After the Saône, into which it flows, the Doubs is the second longest river in central eastern France. It has had a long and varied past and its valley has hosted a wide range of human activities.

From its source near Mouthe (alt. 945 m), the Doubs flows northeast through the folds of the Jura Mountains before doing an abrupt about turn to head southwest along a narrow valley that takes it past Besançon. Between Besançon and Dôle, the gradient eases and the river takes a more meandering course across a 2-km wide flood plain. Below Dôle, at Parcey, the Doubs is joined by its main tributary, the Loue, before it flows across the Saône plain to join the Saône at Verdun-sur-le-Doubs.