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:

Sioule
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The bridge over the Sioule in Menat.
Location
CountryFrance
Physical characteristics
Source 
 ⁃ locationMassif Central
 ⁃ elevation1,090 m (3,580 ft)
Mouth 
 ⁃ location
Allier
 ⁃ coordinates
46°21′57″N 3°19′11″E / 46.36583°N 3.31972°E / 46.36583; 3.31972 (Allier-Sioule)Coordinates: 46°21′57″N 3°19′11″E / 46.36583°N 3.31972°E / 46.36583; 3.31972 (Allier-Sioule)
 ⁃ elevation
222 m (728 ft)
Length167 km (104 mi)
Basin size2,468 km2 (953 sq mi)
Discharge 
 ⁃ average26 m3/s (920 cu ft/s)
Basin features
ProgressionAllierLoireAtlantic Ocean

The Sioule flows into the river Allier at La Ferté-Hauterive, 10 km (6 mi) north of Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule.

Its main tributaries are the Sioulet and the Bouble.

The Fades viaduct, the tallest bridge in France, is located on the Sioule.

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