Fishing the

Mingan River

In brief

Mingan River

The bountiful Mingan River criss-crosses the Canadian Shield, tumbling 579 metres from its source 117 kilometers to the north. Including all its tributaries, the river's watershed covers an area of over 2,000 square kilometers. Its mouth on the Gulf of St-Laurent lies close to the aboriginal community of Mingan, 12 kilometers east of the village of Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan.

This beautiful river, set in a granite valley where fir and spruce are king, has always been at the heart of the Innu hunting and fishing territory. Europeans have been fishing Atlantic salmon here since the early 19th century.

The Mingan River, fairly straight from its source, forms two large meanders in its last few kilometers before opening out into a vast estuary. Clay cliffs covered with sand sculpt the river's banks for the first few kilometers. When its flow is at its lowest, the salt waters of the gulf can rise up to more than a kilometer into its mouth. Some nine kilometers upstream, a monumental waterfall marks the landscape, and other rapids punctuate the river northwards.

This salmon fisherman's paradise is also a habitat for rainbow smelt, brook trout and Atlantic sturgeon, as well as northern pike, lake whitefish and lake trout. The riverbed consists mainly of gravel, pebbles and cobbles. The Pourvoirie du Lac Allard et Rivière Mingan inc, an outfitter with no exclusive rights, manages fishing on a portion of the river.


River manager

Pourvoirie du Lac Allard et Rivière Mingan inc.

North-Shore Duplessis and Anticosti Island

Carte - North-Shore Duplessis and Anticosti Island

Access to the region

Duplessis: The main highway, Route 138, runs along the St-Laurent, crossing a dozen municipalities as far as Natashquan. The northern hinterland, where the towns of Fermont and Scherfferville are located, is accessible by road from Baie-Comeau and by train from Sept-Îles. Finally, the Basse Côte-Nord region can be reached by boat or plane.

Anticosti: accessible by boat or plane.


Nature at its best

Twenty-seven monumental rivers await you in this vast territory, where nature is grandiose, generous and wild, with salmon renowned for their fighting spirit!

This immense territory includes Duplessis and the paradise island of Anticosti.

In Duplessis, as you travel east along the St-Laurent, you can observe the transformation of the landscape: black spruce hills, peat bogs and marshes gradually give way to sparse vegetation. Everywhere, nature reigns supreme, vast and untamed, pleasing in its ruggedness.

The rivers of the Duplessis region are often majestic in their beauty, flowing through deep valleys that almost always lead to small villages clinging to the coast. Near the coast, their waters have the typical color of fossil resin, while on

In Anticosti, in the middle of the Gulf of St-Laurent, the clarity of the river water is striking. In keeping with this wild environment, North Shore salmon are renowned for their fighting spirit.

Image | North-Shore Duplessis and Anticosti Island
Image | North-Shore Duplessis and Anticosti Island
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