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Watershed of Nottaway River
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Physical characteristics
Main source Leigne Lake
Senneterre, La Vallée-de-l'Or Regional County Municipality (RCM), Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Quebec
389 m (1,276 ft)
48°40′06″N 76°09′33″W / 48.66833°N 76.15917°W / 48.66833; -76.15917
River mouth Mégiscane River
Senneterre, La Vallée-de-l'Or Regional County Municipality, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Quebec
385 m (1,263 ft)
48°30′37″N 76°25′05″W / 48.51028°N 76.41806°W / 48.51028; -76.41806
Length 17.4 km (10.8 mi)
Basin features
  • Left:
    • (upstream)
    • outlet of lake Kanijokamacik
    • outlet of lake Tremblay
    • outlet of a set of lakes including Akokodjic and Palazo
    • outlet of lake Goulish.
  • Right:
    • (upstream)
    • outlet of lake Nibiciwâbo
    • outlet of lake Nibomimakizin.

The Capousacataca River is a tributary of the Mégiscane River, flowing into the north-eastern part of Senneterre in La Vallée-de-l'Or Regional County Municipality (RCM), in the administrative region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, in Quebec, Canada.

The course of the river successively crosses the townships of Charrette and Girouard.

The Capousacataca River runs entirely on forest land north-east of the La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve and on the west side of Gouin Reservoir. Forestry is the main economic activity of this hydrographic slope; recreational tourism activities, second. The surface of the river is usually frozen from the beginning of December to the end of April. The hydrographic slope of the Capousacataca River is served by the R0808 forest road that goes up this valley (first on the west side, then on the east side) to the south east of Charrette Lake, where the road is oriented towards the North -East.


The Capousacataca River originates near the northern limit of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue administrative region at the mouth of lac Valets.

The mouth of this lake is located at the bottom of a Northeast bay at:

The main hydrographic slopes near the Capousacataca River are:

From the mouth of Lake Valets, the Capousacataca River flows over 17.4 kilometres (10.8 mi) according to the following segments:

  • 5.2 kilometres (3.2 mi) northeasterly, forming a westerly curve to the north shore of a lake formed by a widening of the river;
  • 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) north, then south, across a lake (length: ; altitude: 390 metres (1,280 ft)) formed by the widening of the river to its mouth;
  • 1.1 kilometres (0.68 mi) southerly crossing Miglet Lake (length: 1.9 kilometres (1.2 mi); altitude: 378 metres (1,240 ft));
  • 8.6 kilometres (5.3 mi) south by cutting off forest road R0808 to the confluence of the river

The Capousacataca River discharges on the west bank of a bend of the Mégiscane River. The latter usually flows westward, forming a large hook to the south. It is a tributary of the east shore of Parent Lake (Abitibi). The latter empties into the Bell River, a tributary of Matagami Lake which in turn flows into the Nottaway River, a tributary of the southeastern shore of the James Bay.

This confluence of the Capousacataca River with the Mégiscane River is located upstream of Lake Girouard. More specifically, the Capousacataca River flows to:

  • 52.8 kilometres (32.8 mi) north-east of the confluence of the Mégiscane River with Parent Lake (Abitibi);
  • 30.6 kilometres (19.0 mi) northwest of the Foresyth railway stop on the Canadian National Railway;
  • 63.3 kilometres (39.3 mi) north-east of the village center of Senneterre;
  • 73.4 kilometres (45.6 mi) south-east of the village center of Lebel-sur-Quévillon;
  • 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi) east of a bay on the east shore of lake Valets;
  • 71.9 kilometres (44.7 mi) west of Gouin Reservoir.


The hydronym "Capousacataca River" is of Native origin of the Algonquin nation, meaning "where there is a lot of dry wood". This toponym is indicated on a cartographic document dated 1940.

The toponym "Capousacataca River" was formalized on December 5, 1968, at the Commission de toponymie du Québec.

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