The mouth of the Étamamiou River is located about 110 kilometers east of Natashquan and nearly the same distance west of La-Tabatière. In Innu language, the word “aitumamiu” means “which separates in two” or “lake with two outlets”. Including its tributaries, the river drains an approximate watershed of 3,000 square kilometers.
The river’s breathtaking mountain scenery is home to an abundance of wildlife, such as hares, grouse, ptarmigan, caribou, moose, marten, lynx and porcupines, while beavers, muskrats, otters, mink, and different migratory birds inhabit the aquatic ecosystem.
Salmon are estimated to travel more than 140 kilometers up the Étamamiou River. Located 5 kilometers from the mouth, Étamamiou Outfitter Inc., owned by the Innu community of Unamen Shipu, holds exclusive fishing rights on the river. The Étamamiou River salmon can be admired under bright sunlight, amidst the transparent water flowing over the river’s 6 rocky-bottomed pools. Fishing is mostly done from a boat, past the impressive waterfall located downstream near the campground, where the river is much calmer. Anadromous brook trout are also very abundant in the lower section and at the mouth of the river. An authentic and unforgettable experience awaits those who fish the Étamamiou.