The Petit-Saguenay River stretches 77 kilometers in total from a series of lakes within the Laurentians Wildlife Reserve at an altitude of 625 meters. It flows eastward to the Sagard region, then northward through the village of Petit-Saguenay until it finally reaches the Saguenay Fjord. The river’s mouth forms a small cove that is partially closed by a jetty. You can fish for salmon on the Petit Saguenay River on a 13-kilometer segment, including one section on the Portage River, a tributary of the Petit-Saguenay.
Fishing rights on the Petit-Saguenay River were first held in the 19th century by lumber merchant Sir William Price, one of the founding fathers of the Saguenay. These rights were subsequently passed on to several other wealthy businessmen, both Canadian and American, before any club or association was granted control of the river. The Petit-Saguenay River Association has been managing the fishery since 1966 and the area is now classified as a controlled harvesting zone (ZEC).
Its riverbed is made up of sand, rocks, and gravel, turning the water into a light brown color. The Petit-Saguenay river current is strong, averaging a 16 m3 flow per second. There are 24 salmon pools divided into three limited access sectors and one public access sector (21 pools). These pools are generally well marked and easy to cover. The Petit-Saguenay ZEC offers a range of accommodation options built on a century-old site, including 7 heritage cabins, a yurt and a campground.