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Bras des Mouches
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
Regional County Municipality Le Fjord-du-Saguenay Regional County Municipality and Saguenay (city)
Municipalities Lac-Ministuk
Physical characteristics
Main source Lac des Mouches
Lac-Ministuk
349 m (1,145 ft)
River mouth Bras d'Isaïe
Lac-Ministuk
260 m (850 ft)
Length 7.8 km (4.8 mi)
Discharge
  • Location:
    Lac-Ministuk


The Bras des Mouches is a tributary of the Bras d'Isaïe, flowing in the unorganized territory of Lac-Ministuk, in the Le Fjord-du-Saguenay Regional County Municipality, in the administrative region of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, in the province of Quebec, in Canada. The course of the river crosses the eastern part of the zec Mars-Moulin.

Some secondary forest roads serve the "Bras des Mouches" valley, especially for forestry and recreational tourism activities.

Forestry is the main economic activity in this valley; recreational tourism, second.

The surface of the "Bras des Mouches" is usually frozen from the beginning of December to the end of March, however the safe circulation on the ice is generally done from mid-December to mid-March.

Geography

The main watersheds neighboring the "Bras des Mouches" are:

Le "Bras des Mouches" rises at the mouth of "Lac des Mouches" (length: 0.9 km (0.56 mi); altitude: 349 m (1,145 ft)) which is located in the unorganized territory of Lac-Ministuk. This source is located at:

The "Bras des Mouches" arm flows over 7.8 km (4.8 mi) with a drop of 89 km (55 mi) entirely in the forest zone, according to the following segments:

  • 3.0 km (1.9 mi) towards the north and forming a hook towards the east at the start of the segment and collecting the discharge (coming from the west) of an unidentified lake, until the discharge of the Lake Moses (coming from the west);
  • 4.1 km (2.5 mi) towards the east by first forming a hook towards the north, and in particular crossing two contiguous lakes, ie a first body of water (length: 0.4 km (0.25 mi); altitude: 270 m (890 ft)), then a second body of water (length: 0.5 km (0.31 mi); altitude: 270 m (890 ft)), up to at the mouth of the latter;
  • 0.7 km (0.43 mi) towards the south by forming a hook towards the east at the end of the segment, until its mouth.

Le "Bras des Mouches" flows into a bend in the river on the north bank of the bras d'Isaïe. This confluence is located at:

From the confluence of the arm of the Flies with the rivière à Mars, the current follows the course of the bras d'Isaïe on 3.0 km (1.9 mi) towards the east, the course from the rivière à Mars on 10.9 km (6.8 mi) generally towards the north, crosses Baie des Ha! Ha! Northeast on 11.0 km (6.8 mi), then the course of the Saguenay River east on 99.5 km (61.8 mi) to Tadoussac where it merges with the Saint Lawrence Estuary.

Toponymy

The toponym "bras des Mouches" was formalized on June 29, 1983, at the Place Names Bank of the Commission de toponymie du Québec.

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