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Betsiamites River
Betsiamites map.png
Drainage basin in yellow
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Côte-Nord
Physical characteristics
Main source Lake Manouanis
River mouth Saint Lawrence River
Betsiamites FN Reserve
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Length 444 km (276 mi)to head of Manouanis River
Basin features
Basin size 18,700 km2 (7,200 sq mi)

The Betsiamites (also called Bersimis) is a river of Côte-Nord, Quebec, Canada, which joins the Saint Lawrence River.

The 978 square kilometres (378 sq mi) Pipmuacan Reservoir, impounded by the Bersimis-1 Dam, is roughly halfway down its course.

Hydro-electric facilities

There are two hydro-electric power stations and dams on the Betsiamites, owned by Hydro-Québec:

  • Bersimis-1 generating station: 1,125 MW; constructed in 1956
  • Bersimis-2 generating station: 845 MW; constructed in 1959
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