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Watershed of Nottaway River
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Nord-du-Québec
Physical characteristics
Main source Inlet Lake
Eeyou Istchee James Bay, Nord-du-Québec, Quebec
379 m (1,243 ft)
River mouth Chibougamau Lake
Chibougamau, Nord-du-Québec, Quebec
379 m (1,243 ft)
Length 7.8 km (4.8 mi)

The Énard River is a tributary of Chibougamau Lake, flowing into the municipalities of Eeyou Istchee James Bay and Chibougamau, in Jamésie, in the administrative region of Nord-du-Québec, in the province of Quebec, in Canada.

The course of this river runs entirely in the townships of Queylus and Obalski.

The Énard River hydrographic slope is accessible via route 167, which serves the west and south side of Chibougamau Lake. This last road links Chibougamau and Saint-Félicien, Quebec. The Canadian National Railway spans the Énard River at the mouth of Inlet Lake.

The surface of the Énard River is usually frozen from the beginning of November to the middle of May, however the safe circulation on the ice is usually from mid-November to mid-April.


The main hydrographic slopes near the Énard River are:

The Énard River originates at the mouth of Inlet Lake (length: 1.4 kilometres (0.87 mi); elevation: 379 metres (1,243 ft)) in Queylus Township. This lake is located between route 167 and the railway. This source is located at:

  • 5.7 kilometres (3.5 mi) South of the mouth of the Énard River (confluence with the Chibougamau Lake);
  • 22.6 kilometres (14.0 mi) South of the mouth of Chibougamau Lake;
  • 5.8 kilometres (3.6 mi) south-east of the center of Obalski hamlet;
  • 10.0 kilometres (6.2 mi) south-east of the mouth of the Dorés Lake (Chibougamau River);
  • 23 kilometres (14 mi) south-east of downtown Chibougamau;
  • 13.6 kilometres (8.5 mi) north-west of the boundary between Eeyou Istchee Baie-James (municipality) (administrative region of Nord-du-Québec) and the Regional County Municipality (MRC) Le Domaine-du-Roy (administrative region of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean).

From its source (Inlet Lake), the Énard River flows over 7.8 kilometres (4.8 mi) to the northeast according to the following segments:

The Énard River flows on the south shore of Inlet Bay which is an extension to the southwest of Chibougamau Lake. This bay is bounded on the west by the Devlin Peninsula (length: 6.4 kilometres (4.0 mi) to "Long Point") which stretches northeast towards the center of Chibougamau Lake. This sector of the lake has several dozens of islands including the islands of Yvonne, Alphonse and Boulder.

From this mouth, the current flows over 17.6 kilometres (10.9 mi), crossing the Chibougamau Lake to the North and skirting the island of Portage, to its mouth. Chibougamau Lake is the main head lake of Chibougamau River.

From the mouth of Chibougamau Lake, the current crosses the Dorés Lake (Chibougamau River), then descends generally to the southwest (except the large S of the upper part of the river) by taking the Chibougamau River, to its confluence with the Opawica River. From this confluence, the current flows generally southwesterly through the Waswanipi River to the east shore of Goéland Lake (Waswanipi River). The latter is crossed to the northwest by the Waswanipi River which is a tributary of Matagami Lake. Finally, the current flows along the Nottaway River and empties into Rupert Bay, south of James Bay.

The mouth of the Énard River located at:


The toponym Rivière Énard was formalized on July 17, 1970 at the Commission de toponymie du Québec.

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