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In brief


Rising from the Gaspé highlands, the Grande-Rivière flows for 60 kilometers through a mountainous setting and empties into the Baie-des-Chaleurs in the municipality of Grande-Rivière.

Known to natives for millennia as the "great inland road", Grande-Rivière welcomed the first European settlers in the 17th century. In 1697, the Comte de Frontenac made it a seigneury, later owned by the British, the Jersey people and, in 1919, by Americans, who established a fishing club. Today, the river is a salmon-controlled zone managed by the Société de gestion de la Grande-Rivière. A two-kilometre stretch between sectors 2 and 3 of the river is privately owned.

The Grande-Rivière offers salmon anglers 6 fishing sectors, 3 of which are public and 3 restricted draw sectors. There are 44 pools, the deepest of which feature a spectacular emerald color. Many of the pools on the river offer easy viewing of the salmon that stop here. Road access to the river is facilitated by a well-maintained road network.

In addition to salmon, the waters of the Grande-Rivière are also home to brook trout.



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River manager

Société de gestion de la rivière Grande-Rivière

Online services

60 kilometers

Type of fishing possible


Fishing season

June 1st to September 30

Sectors and pools

44 pools in 6 sectors, including 3 draw sectors with restricted access and 3 public sectors

Daily catch limit per angler

Gaspé peninsula

Carte - Gaspé peninsula

Access to the region

The Gaspé peninsula begins at Sainte-Flavie, where Route 132 splits in two to form a loop of some 844 kilometers around the peninsula, known as the "Tour de la Gaspésie". It's at this municipality that you can choose between the southern and northern itineraries. The region is also accessible by bus, train, ferry and air. Air transport is available via the Gaspé, Bonaventure and Mont-Joli airports.

A fishing paradise

Criss-crossing immense valleys, the 22 salmon rivers of the Gaspé Peninsula are renowned for their crystal-clear waters of a thousand shades of turquoise or emerald, flowing over stony beds. While most of these rivers run north-south or south-north, winding their way through the ancient Appalachian massif of the Chics-Chocs mountains, they all flow through a varied and rich wilderness, thanks to the diversity of their microclimates.

These superb rivers, which welcome both experts and novices to salmon fishing, are easily accessible. What's more, these rivers almost always end up in or next to a small, picturesque coastal municipality.

Because the waters of these rivers come from unspoiled nature, they are of impeccable purity and among the clearest in the world. These qualities, combined with the beauty of the environment and the warm welcome of the Gaspesians, have given the region a worldwide reputation as a fishing paradise.

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