A trademark of the Fédération des gestionnaires de rivières à saumon du Québec

Patapedia River


Contact information

84, rue St-Germain Est, bureau 2080, Rimouski (Québec), G5L 1A6
418 722-3726
Free Phone

Annual statistics

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River Condition(s)

A summary

  • Length: 70 km 
  • Sectors and pools: 70 pools in 3 limited-access sectors
  • Type of fishing: Wade and canoe fishing 
  • Fishing season: June 1 to August 31
  • Daily catch limit per angler:
    • sectors 1 and 2 – It is mandatory to release any catch of large salmon
    • sector  3 - Starting July 1 , if the number of large salmon reassembled exceeds conservation threshold, a certain amount of salmon could be conserved. The daily limit would be set at one (1) large salmon (over 63 cm).


Salmon fishing on the Patapédia River

The 70-kilometre-long Patapédia River flows out of Supérieur and Chasseur Lakes, winding through the mountains on the southwest edge of the plateau bordering the Matapédia River Valley. The Patapédia also marks a long section of the Quebec–New Brunswick boundary before joining the Restigouche on the way to Chaleur Bay.

The name Patapédia is of Mi’kmaq origin and means “changeable and capricious currents,” attesting to the Mi’kmaq’s long familiarity with the river. At the confluence with the Restigouche is the celebrated Million Dollar Pool, often harbouring enormous numbers of salmon. And there’s no doubt that the waters of the Patapédia really are changeable, with low-flow levels that can be very low indeed.

Still the Patapédia River’s salmon fishing reputation is well earned. The river is managed by Corporation de gestion des rivières Matapédia et Patapédia. The riverbed can be quite dark, but the clear, cold waters provide the King of Fish with outstanding habitat, attracting a returning population of between 600 and 1,000 individuals. Wade fishing is possible, canoes are much preferred as they can also be used for travel between the river’s 74 pools in 3 sectors. All sectors are controlled access, and in sectors 1 and 2 only grilse (first‑sea‑winter salmon) may be fished.  

The wilderness surrounding the river is a wonderfully peaceful place for anglers, who also enjoy dramatic, rugged mountain vistas to go with the outstanding fishing. Another notable feature, about 55 kilometres southwest of Causapscal, is a stand of forest featuring an unusual concentration of red oaks.



  • The annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec.