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Lessard River
Rivière Lessard à Vallée-Jonction.jpg
Lessard River at Vallée-Jonction.
Native name Rivière Lessard
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Administrative region Chaudière-Appalaches
RCM Robert-Cliche Regional County Municipality, La Nouvelle-Beauce Regional County Municipality
Physical characteristics
Main source Mountain and agricultural streams
593 metres (1,946 ft)
River mouth Chaudière River
139 metres (456 ft)
Length 14.4 kilometres (8.9 mi)
Basin features
Progression Chaudière River, St. Lawrence
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The Lessard River (in French: rivière Lessard) is a tributary of the west bank of the Chaudière River which flows northwards to empty onto the south bank of the St. Lawrence River. It flows in the municipalities of Saint-Séverin (MRC of Robert-Cliche Regional County Municipality) and Vallée-Jonction (MRC of La Nouvelle-Beauce Regional County Municipality), in the administrative region of Chaudière-Appalaches, in Quebec, in Canada.


The main neighboring watersheds of the Lessard River are:

The Lessard River has its source on the northern slope of a mountain located in the southwest part of the municipality of Saint-Séverin. This head area is located 5.9 kilometres (3.7 mi) north-west of the center of the village of Saint-Frédéric, at 5.6 kilometres (3.5 mi) north-west of the center of the village of Tring-Jonction, at 2.2 kilometres (1.4 mi) east of the village center of Saint-Séverin and at 10.4 kilometres (6.5 mi) west of the Chaudière River.

From its source, the Lessard River flows almost to the limit of the former Sainte-Marie seigneury, over 14.4 kilometres (8.9 mi) divided into the following segments:

  • 2.6 kilometres (1.6 mi) north, then east, in the municipality of Saint-Séverin, up to Chemin du Premier rang;
  • 4.9 kilometres (3.0 mi) north-east, up to rang Saint-Olivier road;
  • 2.0 kilometres (1.2 mi) northeasterly, up to rang Saint-Jacques road;
  • 1.9 kilometres (1.2 mi) northeasterly, to the limit of the municipality of Saint-Joseph-des-Érables;
  • 3.0 kilometres (1.9 mi) eastward, up to its confluence.

The "Chute à Corinne" is located about three kilometers upstream from its confluence; then the river flows in a narrow valley between hills made of finiglacial materials, characterizing this part of Beauce. Several gravel and sand quarries exploit this natural resource.

The Lessard river empties on the west bank of the Chaudière River, in Saint-Joseph-des-Érables. This confluence is located 2.1 kilometres (1.3 mi) downstream from the bridge in the village of Vallée-Jonction and at 8.1 kilometres (5.0 mi) upstream from the Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce.


This watercourse was initially designated "Rivière du Tabord" according to a document of 1785, an enigmatic designation which perhaps recalls mount Tabor or Tabor, mountain of Lower Galilee where the transfiguration of Christ took place.

The current name evokes the Lessard families who were numerous to own lots of land near this watercourse. As early as 1819, the two lords Taschereau, Sainte-Marie and de Jolliet, built a flour mill on the land of François Lessard. Subsequently, this toponym is constantly in use in documents and on maps of this sector.

The toponym "rivière Lessard" was made official on December 5, 1968 at the Commission de toponymie du Québec.

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