The Malbaie River, found in the Charlevoix World Biosphere Reserve, has its headwaters in the remote Laurentian Mountains north of the St-Lawrence. It meanders southeastward through a steep glacial valley for 161 kilometers and descends 820 meters in elevation down to sea level. The Malbaie River flows through two national parks, the Parc des Grands Jardins and the Parc des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie, and ends up in St. Lawrence River in the town of La Malbaie.
Over the centuries, this abundant river has been an important waterway, especially for the Montagnais First Nation of the Saguenay. Log driving took over the river in the 19th century until 1987. Restoration and environmental efforts subsequently followed, and the Corporation Le Saumon de la rivière Malbaie was created in 1995. This organization is responsible for managing the salmon fishery, which has been open since 1998.
The Malbaie River has 20 easily accessible pools spread over a 10-kilometer stretch between the towns of Clermont and La Malbaie. You will be wade fishing most of the time.
Both beginner and expert anglers will appreciate this welcoming river, as well as the other wide opportunities for tourism found in the Charlevoix region. Charlevoix is well known for its fine dining and rich culture.