aux Feuilles River
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Salmon fishing on the aux Feuilles River
The Rivière aux Feuilles is probably the most northern limit where atlantic salmon may still reproduce. Its source is drawn from the Hudson Bay, more precisely from Lake Minto. From there, it flows no less than 470 km before emptying into the Ungava Bay. This path, that seems to divide the Ungava peninsula, is also used for indicating where the tree line ends. In fact, the Rivière aux Feuilles is the northern limit for trees West of the Ungava Bay and is practically used to seperate the Hudson region from the Arctic region.
The river reaching up to ten meters deep is identical to the crystal clear waters of the most beautiful gaspesian salmon rivers, the most beautiful rivers in the world where you can witness, in many areas, the many species that populate its watercourse. Salmon is not the only specie of this river, it is also composed of brook trout and grey trout who share the best habitats it has to offer. For thousands of years, this majestic river has been the most important means of communication for the Inuit people. Many ancient camping sites used by these people are still visible today. Explorers, prospectors and fur merchants have also navigated this river.
The fish of this river obviously have the brightest colors. Moreover, they are aggressive and put up a good fight, which is understandable since the river is fed by a drainage area of 42,500 sq. kilometers. Upon many kilometres, the water tumbles on huge riverbed rocks forming rapids where the current is particularly impressive.
Atlantic salmon fishing on this river is unforeseeable. Many periods are best for fishing such as early June, and, if there is abundant rain in July, a second period in late July or August possibly extending into September. Mainly, the majority of the salmon weigh between four and seven kilograms. Often, while an angler is catching a salmon, he may notice a caribou, wolf or a umimmaq, also known as a muskox, They tend to join to the fishing stories and add a little color to those unforgettable and incomparable moments. However, it is the caribou herd that make the Rivière aux Feuilles famous. We are located in the center of their natural habitat that holds the 35O,OOO animals that make this herd.
Among other things, the Rivière aux Feuilles is characterized by the tidal events. In fact, it is in its estuary, near the village of Tisiuiaq, that are found the highest tides in the world with a tidal range reaching eighteen meters (according to the Guinness Book of World Records). This water plan presents a spectacular landscape.
All things considered, the Rivière aux Feuilles has proven to be a very distinctive river in spite of the fact that its salmon population seems marginal even though this river has an important drainage area. Also, the second largest herd of caribou in Nunavik bears its name notably because female feeding grounds were found near the Rivière aux Feuilles more than thirty years ago. Upon nightfall, the sunset in this northern territory surpasses imagination and enhances relaxation.
- The annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec.