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Watershed of Nottaway River
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Nord-du-Québec
Physical characteristics
Main source Billy Lake
Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, Nord-du-Québec, Quebec
381 m (1,250 ft)
49°34′20″N 76°19′37″W / 49.57222°N 76.32694°W / 49.57222; -76.32694
River mouth Lake Waswanipi
Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, Nord-du-Québec, Quebec
319 m (1,047 ft)
49°29′53″N 76°19′37″W / 49.49806°N 76.32694°W / 49.49806; -76.32694
Length 36.5 km (22.7 mi)
Basin features

The Bachelor River is a tributary of Lake Waswanipi, flowing into the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, within the administrative region of Nord-du-Québec, in the province of Quebec, in Canada. The course of the river crosses the townships of Lesueur and Nelligan.

The hydrographic slope of the Bachelor River is accessible via route 113 which links Lebel-sur-Quévillon to Chibougamau. This road follows in part the valley of the Bachelor River. In addition, the Canadian National Railway serves this small valley.

The surface of the Bachelor River is usually frozen from early November to mid-May, however, safe ice circulation is generally from mid-November to mid-April.


The main hydrographic slopes near the Bachelor River are:

The Bachelor River originates at the mouth of Billy Lake (length: 2.9 kilometres (1.8 mi) altitude: 299 metres (981 ft)) which is located on the southeastern side of the route 113 to:

From its source, the "Bachelor River" flows on 36.5 kilometres (22.7 mi) according to the following segments:

  • 6.0 kilometres (3.7 mi) Southwesterly in Lesueur Township to the north shore of Bachelor Lake;
  • 3.0 kilometres (1.9 mi) West across Bachelor Lake (length: 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi); altitude: 293 metres (961 ft));
  • 9.4 kilometres (5.8 mi) Southwesterly by cutting off route 113 to the eastern limit of the canton de Nelligan;
  • 4.4 kilometres (2.7 mi) Southwesterly, cutting the Canadian National Railway, to a creek (from the North);
  • 8.2 kilometres (5.1 mi) Southwesterly to the confluence of the Little Bachelor River (coming from the Southwest);
  • 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) Northwesterly by cutting the Canadian National Railway to its mouth.

The Bachelor River flows into a narrow bay on the Southeast shore of Lake Waswanipi; this mouth is located nearby (North side) of the Canadian National Railway track. From this mouth, the current flows northward, on the Lake Waswanipi, to its mouth. From there, the current flows first North through the Waswanipi River, then West 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.

The mouth of the Bachelor River located at:


The toponym "Bachelor River" was formalized on December 5, 1968, at the Commission de toponymie du Québec, i.e. the creation of this commission

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