The Coulonge River flows through the Canadian Shield, dropping nearly
700 feet as it cascades over a series of crashing waterfalls and wanders through
runnable rock studded rapids. The Coulonge River offers wilderness seclusion,
a colourful history and plenty of fish along the journey. Until 1984 the Coulonge
served as a major logging highway, thousands of tons of timber floated down the
Coulonge River each year. With the river quickly returning to its original state,
signs of this era are still present. If you are passionate for nature, the Coulonge's
outstanding scenery ensures that sooner or later the canoeists are bound to come.
the Noire River and Coulonge River, the Coulonge is the gentlest and ranks well
for novice or intermediate paddlers. Geographically, it's a very diverse river
with a number of exciting chutes and waterfalls, laid out in a valley through
the beautiful Laurentian woods. The Coulonge is a wonderful place for any family
vacation, one of the great rivers in Quebec. It presents a good combination of
lake travel with river paddling, white water thrills ranging from CI
to CIII to test your adrenal glands. From spring through fall you can see
truly magical places that Mother Nature has created.
The Coulonge also displays
options; you can either divert from straight line running down the Coulonge or
cross over to a more challenging route the Noire
River. Portage locations over to Lac Farant by way
of Lac Bryson are easily located. Should you decide either route you will
not be disappointed.
Fly-in Starting Points
You fly by floatplane
with your canoe to your destination.
|Drop Off Locations||Average Flight Time||Trip
|Lac Pomponne||50 minutes||10-12|
|Lac Bryson||35 minutes||6-7|
|Lac Wright||40 minutes||5-6|
|Lac Jim||20 minutes||3|
Coulonge River has the highest percentage total fast-water overall, 70% CI's.
Most rapids are short and usually very easy to see where the canoe needs to go
to travel safely. Most of the portages are short trots around waterfalls. Considered
the most dangerous of Quebec's "Triple Play" at high
water season, difficult chutes that require creative running are heightened. Portages
are always available, a bit rough at times. Extra care must be used when entering
some of the portages before some of the waterfalls, as they are poorly shaped.
average about one per 3 km throughout the Coulonge River. They are established
on both bedrock points, and on sandy beaches or a combination of both. At certain
points of the Coulonge River campsites may be few and far between, so a well-planned
trip is advised.
Vehicles may be left at our air
base in Rapids des Joachims (Swisha) or shuttle
service is available from our base to your take out point on the Coulonge River.
Cost for this service is
$150.00 per vehicle
; arrangements must to be made prior to your flight. Pick up service from the
Coulonge to our base can be arranged.
Words From Hap
"Triple Play" is quickly becoming a legendary threesome for today's
adventure seekers. Almost everyone has heard of the Dumoine, but ten years ago,
who had heard of the Noire or Coulonge Rivers.
The actions and intentions
of Hydro Quebec clearly indicate that the Dumoine may still be dammed and the
water diverted down the Kipawa to maintain a stable flow for the power plants.
It's not likely to happen if the Dumoine, and hopefully - the Noire and Coulonge
- attain some level of protected status in the near future. We can only hope that
common sense prevails.
I am often asked how the three rivers compare with
each other, in scenic value, difficulty of terrain, length of portages, but all
I can tell people is that they have to try each one for themselves. Every river
has its own inherent characteristics that makes it special, soulful, entertaining
and alluring; triple play is unique because of the fact that they align themselves
within the same beautiful landscape, yet bequeath entirely independent experiences.
Note: Hap Wilson's new book, "The Cabin", is now available through your local
bookstore, or by ordering direct from Natural Heritage Publishers or