The Noire River
The Noire River takes its source at Lac St-Pierre (in La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve), and unfolds its meanders while flowing through a wild forest region on a distance of 238 kilometers, to discharge in the Outaouais River, upstream from the small village of Waltham.
Being classified as intermediate, the Noire will please novice paddlers as much as expert canoeists. It is mainly renowned for its numerous sandy beaches forming excellent campsites, the limpidity of its water, the beauty of its course and the easiness of its portages... as many elements to make it a destination of choice for family expeditions. This river is still in a wild state, and it doesn’t pass through any village until it reaches Waltham. Compared to the Coulonge and the Dumoine, the Noire has the highest number of runnable rapids, the shortest distance to be portaged, the best opportunities to view wildlife, the lowest river traffic, and offers canoeists the most seclusion value.
According to the selected section, the Noire River is generally calm and sinuous, but it nonetheless presents a discontinuous profile: it is intersected by white water sections, by a few thresholds and falls, and by a series of CI to CIV rapids spread out on several kilometers, to add a little variety.
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