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McKenzie River
Native name Rivière McKenzie
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Centre-du-Québec
MRC L'Érable Regional County Municipality
Physical characteristics
Main source Forest and mountain streams
Thetford Mines (sector Pontbriand)
282 m (925 ft)
46°14′19″N 71°39′33″W / 46.238524°N 71.659218°W / 46.238524; -71.659218
River mouth Bécancour River
190 m (620 ft)
46°13′54″N 71°30′16″W / 46.23167°N 71.50444°W / 46.23167; -71.50444
Length 11.9 km (7.4 mi)
Basin features
Progression Bécancour River, St. Lawrence River
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The McKenzie River (in French: rivière McKenzie) is a tributary of the Bécancour River which is a tributary of the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. The McKenzie River flows through the municipalities of Laurierville, Saint-Pierre-Baptiste and Inverness, in the L'Érable Regional County Municipality (MRC), in the administrative region of Centre-du-Québec, in Quebec, in Canada.


The main neighboring watersheds of the McKenzie River are:

The McKenzie River originates from agricultural streams in the municipality of Laurierville, 3.4 kilometres (2.1 mi) northeast of the summit of Mount Apic (elevation: 320 metres (1,050 ft)), at 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) south of route 267.

From its source, the McKenzie River flows on 11.9 kilometres (7.4 mi) divided into the following segments:

  • 2.3 kilometres (1.4 mi) eastward, in Laurierville, to the municipal limit of Saint-Pierre-Baptiste;
  • 1.8 kilometres (1.1 mi) eastward, in the municipality of Saint-Pierre-Baptiste;
  • 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) towards the south-east, jetting the boundary between the municipalities of Inverness and Saint-Pierre-Baptiste;
  • 4.2 kilometres (2.6 mi) eastward, passing south of Inverness, to its mouth.

The McKenzie River empties onto the west bank of the Bécancour River southeast of the village of Inverness.


The toponym "McKenzie River" was made official on August 17, 1978 at the Commission de toponymie du Québec.

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