The Loue Valley is located east of Besancon in the Doubs department.
Stretching over 126 km, the Loue River, a resurgence of the Doubs River, has carved its bed in the plateaus of the Jura before merging into the Doubs River downstream from the city of Dole (Jura).
The valley is most interesting between the source of the Loue and Ornans, the capital of the Loue high valley. The river drops 229 m in altitude over a distance of 20 km. The water flows along a deep, mostly wooded gorge in the Jura plateau and offers some remarkable scenic points. Typical villages are scattered along its course.
The Loue River is considered to be one of Europe's finest trout and grayling fishing rivers. The even course of the Loue is easy to explore by canoe. The river's winding course, a few rapids, and the picturesque charm of the banks make for a pleasure voyage.