The Matapedia River flows from Lake Matapedia and forms a natural boundary between the Lower St. Lawrence and the Gaspé Peninsula. An important section of the river flows through the Réserve faunique des Rivières-Matapédia-et Patapédia. The river runs for a total of 112.7 kilometers and meanders for more than half its course through the Matapedia Valley and its scattered rapids before emptying into the Restigouche River, near the town of Matapedia. The Matapedia is often referred to as the "salmon capital".
The Matapedia is famous for the great number and size of its fish. Between 3,000 and 5,000 salmon return to the river each year, with some of its specimens weighing in at more than 40 lbs. Salmon also tend to run early in the season on this river - typically in late May or early June. Route 132, which runs along the river’s entire length, provides convenient and easy access to the water. There are four sectors on the Matapedia River with more than 100 great big pools in total. There is public access on all of these sectors, except for Glenn Emma (Sector 2) which is the most coveted by anglers. Wade fishing can be done in most of the sectors, although it is best to use a canoe during spring fishing.
Considered as one of the best salmon rivers in Quebec, the Matapedia is sure to please both beginners and experts alike for its famous pools, large salmon and beautiful views.