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Rivière Noire (Portneuf)
Country Canada
Province Quebec
  • Capitale-Nationale
  • Mauricie
Regional County Municipality Portneuf Regional County Municipality
  • Rivière-à-Pierre
  • Saint-Alban
  • Saint-Casimir
Physical characteristics
Main source Lac Grandbois
Rivière-à-Pierre, MRC Portneuf Regional County Municipality
301 m (988 ft)
47°01′10″N 72°08′54″W / 47.019532°N 72.14831°W / 47.019532; -72.14831
River mouth Sainte-Anne
22 m (72 ft)
46°39′31″N 72°08′01″W / 46.65861°N 72.13361°W / 46.65861; -72.13361
Length 63 km (39 mi)
Basin features
  • Left:
    (Upward from the mouth) Blanche river, ruisseau Sauvageau, cours d'eau Audet, décharge du lac Clair, décharge (via le Lac Long) d'un lac non identifié, décharge (via le Lac Long) des lacs à Gougeon, Le Gros Lac et Lac Travers, décharge d'un lac non identifié, décharge de deux lacs non identifiés, décharge de deux lacs non identifiés, décharge d'un lac non identifié, ruisseau Tessier, ruisseau Perron.
  • Right:
    (Upward from the mouth) ruisseau Grondines, décharge du lac Veilleux, cours d'eau Julien, décharge (via le Lac Long) du lac Nadeau, décharge de deux lacs non identifiés, décharge d'un ensemble de petits lacs non identifiés, décharge de deux lacs dont le Lac à la Meule, décharge du Lac en Peine.

The Noire River (French: Rivière Noire) flows in the municipality of rivière-à-Pierre, Saint-Alban and Saint-Casimir, in the Portneuf Regional County Municipality, in the administrative region of Capitale-Nationale, in Quebec, in Canada.

Forestry is the main economic activity in the sector; agriculture, second; recreational tourism activities, third.

The surface of the Black River (except the rapids areas) is generally frozen from the beginning of December to the end of March, but the safe circulation on the ice is generally made from the end of December to the beginning of March.


Noire River (Portneuf) originates at lac Grandbois (length: 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi); altitude: 301 metres (988 ft)) which is located east of the village of Rivière-à-Pierre. The Noire River has a length of 63 kilometres (39 mi) and a watershed of 568.38 square kilometres (219.45 sq mi), which is the second largest of the sub-basins of the Sainte-Anne river. The average slope is 6.3 metres per kilometre (33 ft/mi), but certain segments have a greater elevation, in particular downstream from Lac Long.

Course in Rivière-à-Pierre From Lac Grandbois, the Noire river flows south into the forest zone, crossing Lac du Sauvage, Lac à la Montre, collecting Giguère stream and crossing Montauban Lake.

It flows through "Lac Long" (Long Lake) in the Portneuf Regional Natural Park (Portneuf Nature Regional Park). The "Lac Long" has a length of 4.0 kilometres (2.5 mi) and a maximum width of 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi). It spans in the ranks: F, E, VII, VI and V Saint-Alban. In addition, a 2.8-kilometre (1.7 mi) long strait south of "Lac Long" ends with a dam at its mouth, which is the source of the Black River.

This river flows first to the South-East in forest land in row III and IV. Across the row II, the river veers to the east, then south-east. In the row I, the river flows south and then branches off to the south-west in agricultural land. The river flows north of the village of Saint-Alban, in parallel to the Sainte-Anne River in the rank of 7th Concession. Finally, the river enters Saint-Casimir in the ranks of the Black River. Then the river goes towards the south. It receives waters from Blanche River (Noire River) in Saint-Casimir before emptying into the Sainte-Anne River, just above the village.

Main lakes

Among the three largest lakes in the watershed is found in the Black River basin, namely Montauban Lake (394 hectares (970 acres)), Long Lake (276 hectares (680 acres)) and Lake Blanc Lake (206 hectares (510 acres)). There are also several lakes larger than one square kilometer, namely Clair Lake (179 hectares (440 acres)), Carillon Lake (199 hectares (490 acres)) and Émeraude Lake (101 hectares (250 acres)).

Land use

The majority of the river basin is dominated by a forest environment, with the exception of the downstream section is in an agricultural environment.

There are three dams with a large capacity on the course of the river, ie at the exit of Long, Clair and Watch lakes.

Part of the course of the river is part of the Portneuf Regional Natural Park, in particular the sector of Lac Long and Montauban. It also includes a portion of Lac Carillon, and the lakes Sept Îles, Coeur and Anguille. We practiced there among other things canoeing, kayaking, camping, hiking and climbing.


According to the Commission de toponymie du Québec (Geographical Names Board of Québec), the Bank of place names has 86 names "Rivière Noire" (Black River) for the province of Quebec and several other names including the word "Noir" (Black).

The name "rivière Noire" (Portneuf) was recorded December 5, 1968, at the Bank of place names in Geographical Names Board of Canada

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