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Cloutier River
Native name Rivière Cloutier
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Chaudière-Appalaches
MRC Montmagny Regional County Municipality
Physical characteristics
Main source Mountain and forest streams
Sainte-Apolline-de-Patton
455 metres (1,493 ft)
River mouth St. Lawrence River
Sainte-Apolline-de-Patton
360 metres (1,180 ft)
Length 16.9 kilometres (10.5 mi)
Basin features
Progression Bras Saint-Nicolas, rivière du Sud (Montmagny), St. Lawrence River
Tributaries
  • Left:
    (upstream)
  • Right:
    (upstream)

The Cloutier river (in French: rivière Cloutier) flows in the municipalities of Sainte-Apolline-de-Patton, Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire, Cap-Saint-Ignace, in the Montmagny Regional County Municipality, in the administrative region of Chaudière-Appalaches, in Quebec, in Canada.

The Cloutier river is a tributary of the southwest shore of the Bras Saint-Nicolas, which flows on the southeast shore of the rivière du Sud (Montmagny); the latter flows north-east to the south shore of the St. Lawrence River.

Geography

The main neighboring watersheds of the Cloutier river are:

The Cloutier river "has its source on the northern slope of the Notre Dame Mountains, in the municipality of Sainte-Apolline-de-Patton. Several branches of mountain and forest streams feed the head of the Cloutier river.

From its source, the Cloutier river flows over 16.9 kilometres (10.5 mi), with a drop of 95 metres (312 ft), divided into the following segments:

  • 4.8 kilometres (3.0 mi) towards the north by pronouncing a curve towards the west, in Sainte-Apolline-de-Patton, to the limit of Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire;
  • 1.1 kilometres (0.68 mi) northward, up to the limit of the townships of Ashburton (Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire) and Bourdages (Sainte-Apolline-de-Patton);
  • 7.3 kilometres (4.5 mi) northeasterly, up to the limit between Sainte-Apolline-de-Patton and Cap-Saint-Ignace;
  • 0.6 kilometres (0.37 mi) by forming a loop towards the north in Cap-Saint-Ignace, up to the limit of Sainte-Apolline-de-Patton;
  • 3.1 kilometres (1.9 mi) northeasterly, up to its confluence.

The Cloutier river flows on the southwest bank of the Bras Saint-Nicolas. This confluence is located upstream of the "Great lock" and downstream of the mouth of the Méchant Pouce River.

Toponymy

The toponym Rivière Cloutier was formalized on December 5, 1968 at the Commission de toponymie du Québec.

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