The river Arve (French: L'Arve) flows for approximately 100 km (62 miles) through France, in the département of Haute-Savoie, and (for a few kilometers) in Switzerland. It is a left tributary of the Rhône.

The Arve near Annemasse, Haute-Savoie
Native nameL'Arve  (French)
CountryFrance, Switzerland
Physical characteristics
  locationCol des Montets near Chamonix
  coordinates46.00341°N 6.92029°E / 46.00341; 6.92029
  elevation1,516 m (4,974 ft)
Rhône in Geneva
46.20129°N 6.12197°E / 46.20129; 6.12197
370 m (1,210 ft)
Length102 km (63 mi)
Basin size2,060 km2 (800 sq mi)
  average75 m3/s (2,600 cu ft/s)
Basin features
ProgressionRhôneMediterranean Sea

Rising in the northern side of the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps, close to the Swiss border, it receives water from the many glaciers of the Chamonix valley (mainly the Mer de Glace) before flowing north-west into the Rhône on the west side of Geneva, where its much higher level of silt brings forth a striking contrast between the two rivers.

The Arve flows through Chamonix, Sallanches, Oëx, Cluses, Bonneville, Annemasse and Geneva.

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