Rising from the plateaux region of the Gaspé Peninsula, the Grande-Rivière flows for 60 kilometers across a series of mountains and into the Baie des Chaleurs, in the town of Grande-Rivière.
Known by the natives for millennia as the “Great Inland Road”, the Grande-Rivière saw the first European settlers arrive in the 17th century. In 1697, the Comte de Frontenac turned the area into a seigneury, later possessed by the British and the Jèrriais. Then, in 1919, Americans established the river’s first fishing club. Today, the river itself stands as a salmon ZEC controlled by the Société de gestion de la Grande Rivière. An area of about two kilometers, enclosed between sectors 2 and 3 of the river, is still privately owned today.
The Grande-Rivière has 6 available sectors for salmon anglers, 3 of which have limited access. In total there are 44 pools, of which the deepest are distinguished for their spectacular emerald color. Salmon are generally very easy to see in the Grande-Rivière. Access to the river is facilitated by a well-maintained road network.
In addition to Atlantic salmon, the waters of the Grande-Rivière are home to brook trout.