The Cascapedia River, also known as the Grande Cascapédia to distinguish it from the Petite Rivière Cascapédia, arises in the heart of the Chic-Choc Mountains and crosses the centre of the Gaspé Peninsula before emptying into Chaleur Bay. This mighty river flows some 139 kilometres (which 118 are open to fishing) through majestic landscapes that have provided inspiration for many painters. With an average flow rate of 50 cubic meters per second, the river’s clear waters take on a brownish hue when running high. For over 150 years, it has been known around the world for the size of its salmon, weighing in at an average of 9 kilograms (19 pounds). The record-holding 24-kilogram (53-pound) catch was made in 1886.
Since 1981, the Cascapedia River Society has managed access to fishing on the river throughout the season. The Mi’kmaq community also has access to the river and offers visitors sport fishing packages on the first 18 kilometres upstream from the mouth.
The Cascapedia has 107 pools in seven limited-access fishing sectors where both Atlantic salmon and sea-run brook trout can be fished. It is considered one of the ten best salmon rivers in the world, known for great fishing and the biggest salmon in North America.
Registration station located at 275, route 299, Cascapedia-Saint-Jules.