The Godbout River originates at Lake Amariton and is fed by several streams along its 112 kilometre course. Punctuated by numerous rapids and seven impressive waterfalls, it crosses the Manicouagan territory in a south-easterly direction, through spectacular landscapes of wild boreal forest wedged between rocky escarpments. It finally empties into the St-Laurent near the village of Godbout, 54 kilometers east of Baie-Comeau.
The Innu called the Godbout River Uauiapukut, meaning "swirling river". At the time of New France, it was renamed in honor of explorer Nicolas Godbout. Coureurs des bois sold their furs, particularly sea bass, at a trading post on the river. Legendary fisherman, trapper and naturalist Napoléon-Alexandre Comeau is said to have caught 57 salmon on the river on July 9, 1874. In 1980, some 70 kilometers of the river became a zec, managed today by the Comité de protection de la rivière Godbout.
The Godbout River is shallow. The water is clear, the flow medium and the bed dark. In many places, you can admire the salmon leap, whose course is often rugged. A forest road running parallel to the river provides easy access. There are over 50 pools in 3 sectors.