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Du Gouffre river

Du Gouffre River

The  Association  de  Conservation  de  la  Vallée  du  Gouffre  (ACVG) was founded  in  1979  for  the  express purpose  of  protecting,  conserving and  developing  the  Atlantic  salmon  of  the  Rivière  du  Gouffre.  The ACVG  manages  fishing  access  rights,  monitors  the  river  and  its  fish  populations,  improves  the  pools, builds and maintains trails, operates a counting fence, builds and installs additional facilities, and provides activities and lessons for new anglers. 

A summary

71 km of which 35 km are open to salmon fishing
Sectors and pools
50 pools in a single open-access secto
Type of fishing allowed
Salmon fishing season
June 1st to September 15th
Daily salmon catch limit per angler
1 small salmon less than 63 centimeters


Association de conservation de la Vallée du Gouffre


Contact information

1591 Boulevard Monseigneur de Laval (C.P. 911) , Saint-Urbain (Québec) G0A 4K0
(418) 639-2988
(418) 639-2988
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Salmon fishing on the Du Gouffre River

Named the Rivière du Gouffre (“chasm river”) by Samuel de Champlain in 1608, the river flows southward from its headwaters in Lac du Cœur, at an elevation of 823 metres in the eastern Laurentians. Following a winding 71-kilometre course through wild and rugged landscapes, it crosses two vast valleys – one in the Notre-Dame-des-Monts area and the other, the Vallée du Gouffre, stretching from Saint-Urbain to Baie-Saint-Paul – before joining the St. Lawrence.

In the early twentieth century, anglers from the Quebec City area frequented the Rivière du Gouffre, which had and still has a reputation for salmon of imposing size, although the salmon population in the river can vary considerably. The river and its extraordinarily beautiful setting have been immortalized by well-known painters, including Clarence Gagnon, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, René Richard and Jean-Paul Lemieux. Since 1979, the Association de conservation de la Vallée du Gouffre has managed salmon fishing on the river.

Although ten of the river’s 65 pools are closed to fishing, the remaining 55 are easily reached and have been developed for fishing. The riverbed is composed of medium-sized stones and gravel, giving the water its dark hue and brownish tint; after a heavy rain, the water can be silty downstream. Only wade fishing is practiced on this river.


  • Annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec.