Located at the eastern tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, the Saint-Jean River rises in the Chic-Chocs mountains and meanders on a west-east axis for 121 kilometers before emptying into Gaspé Bay at Douglastown, in the town of Gaspé. Although only a 44 kilometer stretch is suitable for salmon fishing, the river is considered one of the best in Quebec for this activity, due to the beauty of the sites it traverses and the fighting spirit of its salmon.
In fact, as early as the second half of the 19th century, the Saint-Jean enjoyed an international reputation as one of the most sought-after rivers for wealthy salmon anglers from Canada, the United States and Europe. Since 1993, the Société de gestion des rivières de Gaspé has managed and operated the river. The crystal-clear green waters of the Rivière Saint-Jean flow over medium-sized stones and gravel. The river is segmented into a private sector and three sectors with restricted access. The latter includes 82 pools, where wading and boat fishing are available. While the pools are easily accessible from both north and south, the Société de gestion des rivières de Gaspé recommends north access. In sector 4, with some 50 pools, you'll find the renowned Pavillon Saint-Jean, located in a wildlife reserve, which offers anglers all the services required for a top-notch fishing holiday.
For all its assets, the Saint-Jean River is ranked among the 10 best salmon rivers in Quebec.