The Sainte-Anne River ends its 70 km long course northward from Lake Sainte-Anne into the St. Lawrence River in the town of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts. The river moves among the highest peaks in Quebec, those of the Chic-Chocs, and runs across the Gaspésie National Park. The park is dedicated in part to protecting the salmon of the Sainte-Anne River. The river’s unique geographical location results in exceptionally clear and fresh water, not to mention the grandiose mountainous scenery, unspoiled forest, and the incredible peace that you will find along these banks.
Since 1993, the river belongs in a wildlife reserve managed with sustainable development in mind by a company called Destination Chic-Chocs.
The Sainte-Anne salmon return to the river as some of the brightest and most aggressive fish of all. They can travel up the river as far as the Sainte-Anne Falls, 50 kilometers upstream. In total, there are 64 pools spread out over three limited access sectors, and the river is easily accessible from one end to the other. Plus, on one of the sectors, anglers can make the best of a guided canoe fishing and lodging experience.
The Sainte-Anne’s naturally transparent water makes it easy to recognize and see the pools. Most of those in the lower section have beds made of large gravel, while the upper section pools show big boulders. These crystal clear waters are also home to large brook trout. For all its qualities, the Sainte-Anne River is definitely a favorite among salmon anglers.