Fishing the

Nipissis River

In brief

Nipissis River

The Nipissis River, whose name in the Innu language means "covered with water lilies", is the main tributary of the splendid Moisie River. It drains a 400-square-kilometre watershed and empties into the Moisie at McDonald Falls, after a 150-kilometre journey through an incised valley. The banks of this beautiful river feature a number of cliffs over 200 metres high, which in winter are a delight for ice-climbers.

The Nipissis River is a little more modest in scale than the Moisie, but still boasts a sizeable bed that salmon can potentially swim up to Tongas Falls, some 65 kilometers from where it meets the Moisie. As for McDonald Falls, it's not an insurmountable obstacle for energetic salmon returning to their spawning grounds. However, in 1975, a fish pass was built to facilitate and accelerate the passage of the fish, providing them with 50% more favourable habitat.

In 2019, the Uashat mak Mani-Utemam Band Council officially became the owner of the Moisie-Nipissis Outfitter, built at the confluence of the two rivers. The outfitter comprises 4 kilometers of Nipissis River (and 36 kilometers of Moisie River), including 2 pools, Endicott and de la Chute, out of a grand total of 16 on the two rivers. In this idyllic setting, where respect for nature is deeply rooted in ancestral traditions, salmon graciation is mandatory.


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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