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Chesham River
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Chesham River, Route 212 between the village of La Patrie and Notre-Dame-des-Bois.
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Estrie
Regional County Municipality Le Granit Regional County Municipality and Le Haut-Saint-François Regional County Municipality
Physical characteristics
Main source Little mountain lake
Notre-Dame-des-Bois
570 m (1,870 ft)
River mouth Massawippi River
Sherbrooke
379 m (1,243 ft)
Length 20.4 km (12.7 mi)
Basin features
Progression Rivière au Saumon, Saint-François River, Saint Lawrence River
Tributaries
  • Left:
    (upstream) Pont Bleu stream (main tributary: Pont Rouge stream).
  • Right:
    (upstream) Deloge stream, De la Fromagerie stream.

The Chesham River is a tributary of the rivière au Saumon, in the administrative region of Estrie, in the province of Quebec, in Canada. This river flows successively in the municipalities of:

  • MRC Le Granit Regional County Municipality: in the township of Chesham in municipality of Notre-Dame-des-Bois;
  • MRC Le Haut-Saint-François Regional County Municipality: in the township of Ditton La Patrie.

Forestry is the main economic activity in this. valley

The surface of the Chesham River is usually frozen from mid-December to mid-March, except the rapids areas; however, safe circulation on the ice is generally from late December to early March.

Geography

The hydrographic slopes near the "Chesham River" are:

The Chesham River originates at the confluence of two mountain streams located on the southern flank of a mountain which is located between Mégantic Mountain (located on the west side) and Sommet Valence (located on the east side).

From its source, the Chesham River flows on 20.4 km (12.7 mi) on the south side of Mont-Mégantic National Park, divided into the following segments:

  • 2.6 km (1.6 mi) westwards, up to its confluence with a stream (coming from the northeast);
  • 2.6 km (1.6 mi) southwards, up to the confluence with the Fromagerie stream (coming from the north-west);
  • 3.7 km (2.3 mi) south-west, up to the confluence (located at 1.1 km (0.68 mi) north-west of the road intersection in the heart of the village of Notre-Dame-des-Bois) with the Pont Rouge stream;
  • 3.7 km (2.3 mi) to the southwest, crossing route 212, to the confluence of Deloge stream;
  • 7.8 km (4.8 mi) south-west, to its mouth.

The Chesman River flows on the northeast bank of the rivière au Saumon. Its mouth is located 3.2 km (2.0 mi) upstream of the mouth of the Ditton River, 5.1 km (3.2 mi) south of the summit of Black Mountain and 5.4 km (3.4 mi) south of the summit of Mont Notre-Dame.

Toponymy

The term "Chesham" refers to a town in the Chilterns, in Buckinghamshire, in England.

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

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