|Saint-François River (Rivière Saint-François)|
A tree on the banks of the
Saint-François River in Drummondville
|Regions||Estrie, Chaudière-Appalaches, Centre-du-Québec|
|- left||Magog River|
|- elevation||289 m (948 ft)|
|Length||218 km (135 mi)|
|Basin||10,230 km2 (3,950 sq mi)|
Map of the Saint-François River watershed
The Saint-François takes its source from Lake Saint-François in Chaudière-Appalaches, southeast of Thetford Mines. It flows southwest towards Sherbrooke, where it changes it course northwest towards Drummondville, and finally empties into the Saint Lawrence River near Pierreville.
About 15 kilometres (9 mi) upstream of the centre of Drummondville, a meander in the river forms a shape strongly resembling a profile drawing of a duck's head and neck, with an island marking the eye. The peninsula forming the "beak of the duck" is named accordingly, le Bec du Canard, and the road running along it is Rue du Bec-du-Canard.
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