The Escoumins River rises from the Canadian Shield at an altitude of over 600 meters. It flows for 84 kilometers from northwest to southeast through a narrow, mountainous valley of the Upper North Shore. The river ends in the St. Lawrence estuary in the municipality of Les Escoumins, 40 kilometers east of Tadoussac. Salmon fishing is practiced on a 35-kilometer stretch of the river.
The Escoumins is a fast river flowing over a bed of gravel, boulders and cobblestones. Its waters are tea-colored and can turn much darker after heavy rainfall. There are 66 small and generally shallow pools where it is possible to wade and canoe fish for salmon. A logging road runs along the river, making it very easy to get around on the Escoumins River.
Before log driving began in the 19th century, the Escoumins River had an excellent reputation for salmon sport fishing; fish weighing in at over 30 ponds used to be caught here on a regular basis. In the 1980s, sustained efforts by the community led to the revival of the sport, and in 2013 finally, the municipal dam built in 1846, a major obstacle for salmon and trout, was dismantled.
When it comes to salmon fishing, the ZEC area is managed by the Escoumins River Salmon Management Corporation. This body is made up of the Essipit Montagnais First Nation's Council, the Municipality of Les Escoumins and representatives from the angling community—a successful partnership that has been recognized and rewarded by the tourism industry. The Escoumins River is also a great place for sea trout fishing.