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Harricana River basin in yellow
Country Canada
District Cochrane (Ontario)
Region Nord-du-Québec (Quebec)
Physical characteristics
Main source Lake Garneau
Cochrane District, Ontario
286 m (938 ft)
49°42′30″N 79°33′10″W / 49.70833°N 79.55278°W / 49.70833; -79.55278
River mouth Turgeon River
Eeyou Istchee Baie-James (municipalité), Quebec
259 m (850 ft)
49°43′14″N 79°24′49″W / 49.72056°N 79.41361°W / 49.72056; -79.41361

The Garneau River is a tributary of the Turgeon River flowing in Canada in:

  • Cochrane District, Northeastern Ontario;
  • Nord-du-Québec, in Jamésie, in the municipality of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James (municipality) in the township of Récher.

The surface of the river is usually frozen from early from November to mid-May, but safe circulation on the ice generally occurs from mid-November to the end of April.


The main watersheds adjacent to the Garneau River are:

The Garneau River originates at the mouth of a lake Garneau (length: 0.3 metres (1 ft 0 in); elevation: 286 metres (938 ft)), in Cochrane District, in Ontario.

The mouth of Lake Garneau is located at:

  • 2.3 kilometres (1.4 mi) at west of the boundary between Ontario and Quebec;
  • 10.1 kilometres (6.3 mi) at southeast of the mouth of the Garneau River;
  • 54.9 kilometres (34.1 mi) at south of the mouth of the Turgeon River (in Quebec);
  • 66.9 kilometres (41.6 mi) at southeast of a southern bay of Kesagami Lake (in Ontario).

From its source, the Garneau River flows on 22.9 kilometres (14.2 mi) according to the following segments:

  • 4.2 kilometres (2.6 mi) southwest by crossing marsh areas to the boundary between Quebec and Ontario;
  • 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi) in Québec including 2.6 kilometres (1.6 mi) to the south-east in the swamp area, then 3.9 kilometres (2.4 mi) to the East, to a stream (coming from the South);
  • 12.2 kilometres (7.6 mi) to Nord-East in swamp area, up to the mouth.

The Garneau River flows to the southwest bank of the Turgeon River. This confluence is located at:

  • 47.0 kilometres (29.2 mi) at southwest of the mouth of the Turgeon River (confluence with the Harricana River);
  • 7.5 kilometres (4.7 mi) at east of the boundary between Quebec and Ontario;
  • 84.9 kilometres (52.8 mi) at west of the center of the village of Joutel, Quebec, in Quebec;
  • 103 kilometres (64 mi) at north of the city center of La Sarre, Quebec, in Quebec.


The term "Garneau" is a surname of a family of French origin.

The name "rivière Garneau" was officially registered on December 5, 1968, at the Commission de toponymie du Québec, at the creation of this commission.

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