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Watershed of Nottaway River
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Nord-du-Québec
Physical characteristics
Main source Senneterre, La Vallée-de-l'Or Regional County Municipality (RCM), Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Quebec
390 m (1,280 ft)
49°03′37″N 75°44′40″W / 49.06028°N 75.74444°W / 49.06028; -75.74444
River mouth Berthelot River (Mégiscane River), Mégiscane River
Senneterre, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Quebec
385 m (1,263 ft)
48°34′36″N 76°06′50″W / 48.57667°N 76.11389°W / 48.57667; -76.11389
Length 69.6 km (43.2 mi)
Basin features
  • Left:
    • Closse River
    • outlet of lakes Minson, Germanneau and Gardet
    • outlet of lake Lago
    • outlet of lake Delafond
    • outlet of lake Mongodon.
  • Right:
    • outlet of lake Boudor
    • outlet of lakes Goyaud and Denevers
    • Anna creek
    • outlet of lakes Lunch and Portage
    • outlet of lakes Limpide and Christin.

The Macho River is a tributary of the Mégiscane River, flowing in Quebec, Canada, in the territories of:

  • Eeyou Istchee James Bay (Municipality), in the administrative region of Nord-du-Québec;
  • Senneterre, in La Vallée-de-l'Or Regional County Municipality, in the administrative region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, where the course of the river crosses successively the cantons of Souart, Masères, Closse, Maricourt and Berthelot.

The Macho River flows entirely in forested territory north-east of the La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve and on the west side of Gouin Reservoir. Forestry is the main economic activity of this hydrographic slope; recreational tourism activities, second.

The surface of the river is usually frozen from mid-December to mid-April. The course of this river has a difference in height of only five meters.


The Macho River originates at the southern limit of the Eeyou Istchee James Bay (municipality) administrative region in a large swamp area. Its course begins with a widening of the river (elevation: 390 metres (1,280 ft)), located at 0.4 kilometres (0.25 mi) south-east of the Panache River which sinks to the southwest, to discharge on the north bank of the Wetetnagami River.

This source of the river is located at:

  • 0.9 kilometres (0.56 mi) south-east of route 105B going up to the northeast [Panache River];
  • 60.8 kilometres (37.8 mi) north of the confluence of the Macho River with Berthelot Lake (Mégiscane River);
  • 132.8 kilometres (82.5 mi) north-east of downtown Senneterre;
  • 73.7 kilometres (45.8 mi) northwest of the village center of Obedjiwan;
  • 93.0 kilometres (57.8 mi) north of the Canadian National Railway.

The main hydrographic slopes near the Macho River are:

From its source, the Macho River flows over 69.6 kilometres (43.2 mi) according to the following segments:

Upper Macho River (segment of 46.7 kilometres (29.0 mi))

  • 9.8 kilometres (6.1 mi) to the south surrounded by marsh areas, and enters the administrative region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, to the north shore of Loutres Lake;
  • 7.7 kilometres (4.8 mi) southerly crossing Loutres Lake (elevation: 387 metres (1,270 ft)) to its mouth on the west shore;
  • 10.9 kilometres (6.8 mi) southwesterly through marsh areas on each side of the river to the north shore of Maseres Lake;
  • 18.3 kilometres (11.4 mi) southerly, crossing Maseres Lake (elevation: 385 metres (1,263 ft)) to its mouth;

Lower Macho River (segment of 26.0 kilometres (16.2 mi))

  • 5.6 kilometres (3.5 mi) southerly, including crossing the unidentified lake (elevation: 385 metres (1,263 ft)) consisting of a widening of the river to its mouth;
  • 7.2 kilometres (4.5 mi) southwesterly, then south, to the north shore of Maricourt Lake (Macho River);
  • 6.9 kilometres (4.3 mi) southerly crossing the northern portion of Maricourt Lake (Macho River) (elevation: 385 metres (1,263 ft)) along its entire length, to a straight line formed by the reconciliation of two opposite peninsulas. Note: The Closse River (coming from the East) flows on the east shore of the northern part of this lake;
  • 6.3 kilometres (3.9 mi) southerly, crossing the southern portion of Maricourt Lake (Macho River), to the confluence of the river.

The Macho River discharges at the bottom of a bay on the north shore of Berthelot Lake (elevation: 385 metres (1,263 ft) which empties onto the north shore of the Mégiscane River The latter is a tributary of Parent Lake (Abitibi) .This latter lake empties into the Bell River, a tributary of Matagami Lake. in turn flows into the Nottaway River, a tributary of the southeast shore of James Bay.

This confluence of the Macho River with Berthelot Lake (Mégiscane River) is located opposite the confluence of the Berthelot River (Mégiscane River); upstream of Rapides Manidioc and the confluence of the Achepabanca River; and downstream of the confluence of the Whitegoose River. Specifically, the Macho River flows to:


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

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