The Natashquan is an imposing 378-kilometre-long river fed by some 30 tributaries, draining a huge 16,000-square-kilometre watershed. Its flow rate averages about 400 cubic metres per second, making it a tremendously strong and large river.
Its Innu name, "Nutahquaniu Hipu", means "river where black bears are hunted". The river flows down in a relatively gentle slope, and forms a wide estuary surrounded by sand banks stretching 18 kilometres down to the mouth. The calm and vast sections that appear after some of the more turbulent parts, reveals the river's considerable size in contrast.
The Natashquan has been a renowned salmon river since the 18th century, yet sport fishing only really began here in the early 1870s. Several different private fishing clubs and outfitters have succeeded one another since that time. In 1984, the Natashquan Band Council was granted a portion of the river stretching 48 kilometres from the mouth, where Hipou Outfitters now manages the recreational fishery, between kilometres 14 and 42. The river can be waded or fished by boat. The salmon that make it up the Natashquan's mighty dark waters weigh around 7 lbs on average, but you also have a good chance of hooking into a 20 pounder. You can fish on about 30 pools spread over three fishing sectors of the Natashquan.