Isère is a département in the east of France named after the Isère River.
Isère was one of the original 83 départements created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from part of the former province of Dauphiné. Its area has been reduced twice, in 1852 and again in 1967.
Isère is part of the current region of Rhône-Alpes and is surrounded by the départements of Rhône, Ain, Savoie, Hautes-Alpes, Drôme, Ardèche, and Loire.
Isère includes a part of the French Alps. The highest point in the département is the summit of La Meije at 3,987 meters. The Vercors Plateau dominates the west of the département.
Inhabitants of the département are called Isérois.
The Grande Chartreuse is the mother abbey of the Carthusian order. It is located 14 miles north of Grenoble.
Isère features many ski resorts, including the Alpe d'Huez.