Macho River facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsMacho
Watershed of Nottaway River
|Main source||Senneterre, La Vallée-de-l'Or Regional County Municipality (RCM), Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Quebec
390 m (1,280 ft)
|River mouth||Berthelot River (Mégiscane River), Mégiscane River
Senneterre, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Quebec
385 m (1,263 ft)
|Length||69.6 km (43.2 mi)|
- 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:
- North side: Panache River, Fortier River;
- east side: Barry Lake (Saint-Cyr River South), Saint-Cyr River South, Saint-Cyr Lake (Saint-Cyr River South), Mégiscane Lake, Mégiscane River;
- South side: Mégiscane River, Berthelot lake;
- West side: Wetetnagami River, Saint-Père River, Wetetnagami Lake, Achepabanca River, Achepabanca River Northeast.
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:
- 62.5 kilometres (38.8 mi) East of the confluence of the Mégiscane River with Parent Lake (Abitibi);
- 36.1 kilometres (22.4 mi) north of the former Gagnon-Siding Railway Station of the Canadian National Railway;
- 86.8 kilometres (53.9 mi) north-east of the village center of Senneterre;
- 51.0 kilometres (31.7 mi) west of Gouin Reservoir.
The toponym "Macho River" was formalized on December 5, 1968, at the Commission de toponymie du Québec.
Macho River Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.