Mékinac River

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Mékinac River
Mékinac River is located in Quebec
Mékinac River
Mékinac River in Quebec
Country Canada, in province of Quebec
Basin features
Main source Mékinac Lake
River mouth Saint-Maurice River in Trois-Rives
Basin size 1,124 km2 (434 sq mi)[1]
Physical characteristics
Length 26 km (16 mi)[2]

The Mékinac river is a located in the RCM Mekinac Regional County Municipality, in the administrative region of Mauricie, the province of Quebec, in Canada. This river of Middle Mauricie has played an important role in the forestry industry at the end of the 19th century.


This short river of 26 km rises in the Mékinac Lake and flows south to throw in the Saint-Maurice River in north of Saint-Roch-de-Mékinac. The mouth is located almost opposite the Mekinac island near the west bank of the Saint-Maurice River. The Mekinac river flows especially in agricultural areas and sometimes in forest. The river pass through the village of Saint-Joseph-de-Mékinac. This river has many rapids, making it navigable for shallow-draft, especially in the Spring and only in certain segments outside periods of major floods. The river is usually frozen from December to late March, except in some areas of strong rapids. A dam of 6,8 m. managed by Hydro-Québec is held at the mouth of Mékinac Lake. While the discharge of Missionary Lake flows into the Mékinac Lake, near the dam.

In its descent, the Mekinac river receives on its right bank the water of the stream Dumont, and on its left bank streams Thom (taking its source at Lake Thom, George, to Bouchard and Le Jeune) and Vlimeux (taking its source at Lake Vlimeux). Mekinac river flows along the northern boundary of Lejeune township, in the northern part of the municipality of Sainte-Thècle.

The road linking the village of Saint-Joseph-de-Mékinac and the mouth of the river Mekinac, is located on the south side of the River.

The Missionary Lake and Mékinac Lake are known for their touristic activities, including vacation, camping, boating, cottages ...


The origin of the name comes from the word "Mekinac" ("Mikinak" in Algonquin) which means "turtle".[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bassin versant Saint-Maurice (2006). "P an directeur de l’eau du bassin versant de la rivière Saint-Maurice - Portrait de l’eau et des écosystèmes" (PDF) (in French). pp. 198, passage 124. 
  2. ^ Charles Leduc (2008). "Rivière Mékinac (05-01-90-00) – Du barrage Mékinac à St-Joseph" (PDF) (in French). Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Rivière Mékinac". Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved September 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lac Mékinac". Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved September 23, 2012. 

Coordinates: 46°51′15″N 72°45′56″W / 46.8542°N 72.7656°W / 46.8542; -72.7656