Fishing the

Du Gouffre River

Alone, I go faster; together, we go further.

In brief

Gouffre River

Named the Gouffre River, or "Rivière du Gouffre", in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, the river rises in the eastern Laurentian massif at Lac du Coeur, at an altitude of 822.96 meters. Its winding 71-kilometre course crosses wild and rugged landscapes from north to south, notably those of two valleys: the Notre-Dame-des-Monts region and the Gouffre, stretching from Saint-Urbain to the river's arrival in the St. Lawrence River at Baie-Saint-Paul.

At the beginning of the 20th century, sport fishermen from the Quebec City area frequented these waters, which had and still have a reputation for producing salmon of imposing size, although the population of the species can vary greatly in numbers. Renowned painters such as Clarence Gagnon, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, René Richard and Jean-Paul Lemieux have also immortalized the river and its rare beauty. Since 1979, the Association de conservation de la vallée du Gouffre has managed salmon fishing.

The 55 pools are easily accessible and well equipped for fishing. The stream bed is made up of medium-sized stones and gravel, giving it a dark hue and brownish water, becoming dirty downstream after heavy rain. Fishing is wading only.

Services offered

  • Equipment rental

  • Guide

  • Companion

  • Bathrooms

  • Classes / Initiations


River manager

Association de conservation de la vallée du Gouffre

Online services

35 kilometers open for fishing

Type of fishing possible


Fishing season

June 1st to September 15

Sectors and pools

55 pools in 1 public sector

Daily catch limit per angler


Carte - Charlevoix

Access to the region

Located an hour's drive from Quebec City, Charlevoix is accessible via Route 138. Two secondary roads, 381 and 170, link the region to the Saguenay region. The region is also accessible by bus and train.

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Breathtaking scenery

Two rivers, on the north shore of the St-Laurent east of Quebec City, offer superb landscapes of wild, rugged valleys. The region is a delight for artists, gourmets and... fishermen!

These salmon rivers, the first north of the St-Laurent, originate in a massif dotted with wonderful national parks, and flow through forested valleys of unspoiled nature. The water has reflections of brown and red earth. Downstream, these rivers meander through bucolic settings before emptying into the river at the height of splendid towns and villages. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful, and can be admired from a number of well-maintained trails.

It's easy for anglers to find places to stay and eat. From bed & breakfasts to sumptuous hotels, from family-run kitchens to gourmet relays, the possibilities are endless and can suit any budget. What's more, the Charlevoix region offers an equally considerable variety of tourist and cultural attractions, some of which are world-renowned.

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