The Dartmouth River is the smallest of Gaspé's three rivers, at 63 kilometers long. Like its two sisters, the York and Saint-Jean rivers, it rises in the northeastern Chic-Chocs mountains and empties into Baie de Gaspé. It flows mainly through wilderness, except at its mouth, which is located in a rural residential area of the town of Gaspé. The river is easily accessible, as both its north and south banks are largely bordered by road.
The river's 51 accessible pools are divided into 7 sectors, 4 of which are restricted. Salmon fishing is by wading only, and without difficulty. The water of the Dartmouth River is cool throughout the season. Slightly amber in color, it is clear enough to see salmon. What's more, the Dartmouth offers a variety of conditions: during low-water periods, the water level drops considerably, while it can rise dramatically in a matter of hours during heavy rains.
The Dartmouth River appeals to solo anglers because it is generally sparsely populated, yet offers striking natural scenery and conditions that make for varied and spectacular fishing experiences.