Rising in a breathtaking setting in the heart of the famous Chic-Chocs mountains, the Cap-Chat River flows 57.5 kilometers to the St-Laurent. With its crystal-clear water and gravel bed, the river is home to some very large salmon. As this splendid waterway is of medium size, boats are only allowed to cross it. Only wading is permitted.
For at least 75 years, the Cap-Chat River has been a magnet for salmon anglers. John F. Kennedy, former President of the United States, is said to have been here several times. In 1966, it became a fishing reserve. Between 1984 and 1989, this activity was banned to protect the salmon. Stocking and run-counting programs were introduced, followed in 1990 by a harvesting plan based on the graciation of large salmon.
Today, this pearl of a river offers anglers over 50 pools in 3 fishing sectors. Two of these, one restricted and one not, are open to salmon anglers, while the third is restricted to sea trout. The Société de gestion de la rivière Cap-Chat is the manager of this river, which now has the status of a salmon zec.