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Colbert River
Native name Rivière Colbert
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Centre-du-Québec
MRC Nicolet-Yamaska Regional County Municipality
Municipality Saint-Elphège and Baie-du-Febvre
Physical characteristics
Main source Agricultural streams
Saint-Elphège
40 m (130 ft)
River mouth Lake Saint-Pierre, St. Lawrence River
Baie-du-Febvre
6 m (20 ft)
Length 12.6 km (7.8 mi)
Basin features
Tributaries
  • Left:
    (upstream) Ruisseau de la Commune, cours d'eau Grande Ligne, ruisseau Fortunat Veilleux
  • Right:
    (upstream) Cours d'eau Gouin

The Colbert river (in French: rivière Colbert) is a tributary on the southeast shore of lake Saint-Pierre which is crossed to the northeast by the St. Lawrence River. The Colbert river crosses the municipalities of Saint-Elphège and Baie-du-Febvre, in the Nicolet-Yamaska Regional County Municipality (MRC), in the administrative region of Centre-du-Québec, in Quebec, in Canada.

Geography

The main neighboring hydrographic slopes of the Colbert river are:

The Colbert river draws its head waters from various agricultural streams (notably the Fronteau stream, Daneau stream and cours d'eau Grande Ligne) near the Chemin du rang de la Grande-Plaine, in the municipality of Saint-Zéphirin-de-Courval. This head area is located west of the village of Saint-Elphège, west of the village of Saint-Zéphirin-de-Courval and northeast of the Saint-François River.

The course of the Colbert River descends on 12.6 kilometres (7.8 mi) generally northwest into an agricultural zone, with a drop of 34 metres (112 ft), according to these segments:

  • 7.8 kilometres (4.8 mi) north-west, forming small serpentines in an agricultural zone and crossing a few forest islets, crossing Chemin du Pays-Brûlé, up to route 132 (route Marie-Victorin);
  • 4.8 kilometres (3.0 mi) first to the north, then to the north-west, in an agricultural zone, crossing the Chemin des Huit, up to its mouth.

The Colbert river empties onto the Batture de la Pierre à Chaux, on the south shore of lake Saint-Pierre, to the southwest of the confluence of the Landroche River, to the northeast of the confluence of the Lévesque River and west of the village of Baie-du-Febvre.

Toponymy

The term "Colbert" constitutes a family name of French origin.

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

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