Patornay is a commune in the French department of Jura in the Franche -Comté.


Patornay is located on 442 m above sea level. M., about 15 km southeast of the town of Lons -le- Saunier (air line). The village is located in the Jura, in the Valley of the Combe d' Ain, east of the river of Ain ​​across from Pont -de- Poitte, at the northern end of the reservoir Vouglan.

The area of ​​1.80 km ² municipal area includes a portion of the French Jura. The western boundary runs along the Ain that flows here from a broad, flat alluvial plain in a 60 m is countersunk into the surrounding plateau and valley is dammed by the dam Vouglans to an elongated lake. At the northernmost end at Patornay this lake is barely wider than the former river bed. In the north, marks the Drouvenant which ends a little above Patornay in the Ain, the demarcation. Of these two rivers, the municipality's area extends eastward over a 30 m high slope on the adjacent plateau, where 479 m above sea. M. the highest elevation of Patornay is achieved.

Neighboring communities of Patornay are Charézier and Vertamboz in the north, Boissia the east and south, and Pont -de- Poitte and Mesnois in the West.


Is first mentioned in the 13th century Patornay. Since the Middle Ages the village belonged to the barony of Clairvaux. Together with the Franche -Comté it came with the Peace of Nijmegen in 1678 to France.


With 138 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011) Patornay is one of the smallest municipalities of the department of Jura. Once the population has consistently had in the first half of the 20th century in the range of about 200 people, it took a total of slightly in the second half.

Economy and infrastructure

Patornay was until well into the 20th century a predominantly coined by farming village. In addition, there are today some of the local small business enterprises. Meanwhile, the village has also changed into a residential community. Many workers are commuters who engage in the larger towns in the vicinity of their work. Patornay is a camping site in the mouth of the Drouvenant in the Ain.

The village has good transport links. It lies on the main road N78, which runs from Lons -le- Saunier to Saint -Laurent -en- Grandvaux. Further road links exist with Clairvaux- les -Lacs and Soucia.

Barésia -sur- l'Ain | Boissia | Charcier | Charézier | Chevrotaine | Clairvaux- les -Lacs | Cogna | Doucier | Fontenu | La Frasnée | Le Frasnois | Hautecour | Largillay - Marsonnay | Marigny | Menétrux -en- Joux | Mesnois | Patornay | Pont -de- Poitte | Saffloz | Songeson | Soucia | Thoiria | Uxelles | Vertamboz

  • Commune in the department of Jura
  • Place in Franche -Comté