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Normandin
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Watershed of Saguenay river
Other name(s) Old name: "Nicabau River"
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Nord-du-Québec
Physical characteristics
Main source Normandin Lake (Normandin River)
Lac-Ashuapmushuan, Quebec, Le Domaine-du-Roy (RCM), Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec
403 m (1,322 ft)
River mouth Ashuapmushuan Lake
Lac-Ashuapmushuan, Quebec, Le Domaine-du-Roy (RCM), Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec
371 m (1,217 ft)
Length 59.2 km (36.8 mi)
Basin features
Tributaries
  • Left:
  • Right:
    • (upstream)
    • outlet of a set of lakes such « en épingle », Profile,
    • Des Roseaux, De l’Orient, Gohèle, De la Salade and Triste
    • outlet of lakes Boron and Mouflé
    • outlet of a set of lakes such Machidon, Priziac, Catheux,
    • Verderel, Monviel, Estirac and Tortu
    • outlet of lake Carnin
    • outlet of lakes de la Levée and Augremont
    • outlet of lake des Cèphes
    • outlet of lake Poire
    • outlet of a set of lakes such De la Peruque, Ryes, Falicon,
    • Pougy and des Sapinettes.
    • (Upstream of Nicabau Lake)
    • outlet of lakes Sophie, Serpenteau, Fixin, Joyeux, Ourton,
    • Docile and Élise
    • outlet of Coulvain Lake
    • (see Poutrincourt Lake)
    • outlet of lakes Carquois and Radis
    • outlet of Haget Lake
    • (see Buade Lake (Normandin River))
    • outlet of Névian Lake
    • outlet of lakes Ars, Mayo and Édern
    • (see Little Buade Lake).

The Normandin River is a tributary of the north shore of Ashuapmushuan Lake, flowing into the unorganized territory of Lac-Ashuapmushuan, Quebec, into the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Le Domaine-du-Roy, in the administrative region of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, in Quebec, in Canada.

This river crosses successively the cantons of Ventadour, Buade, Poutrincourt, Bouteroue, Ducharme, Aigremont and Grahamé. Forestry is the main economic activity of the sector; recreational tourism activities, second.

The southern part of the Normandin River Valley is served by route 212 which connects Obedjiwan, Quebec to La Tuque and passes south of Dubois Lake and Normandin Lake (Normandin River). From there, the forest road R0212 (East-West direction) cuts the course of the Normandin River.

The surface of the Normandin River is usually frozen from early November to mid-May, however, safe ice circulation is generally from mid-November to mid-April.

Geography

The hydrographic slopes adjacent to the Normandin River are:

The Normandin River originates at the mouth of a Normandin Lake (Normandin River) (length: 6.7 kilometres (4.2 mi) altitude: 403 metres (1,322 ft)) in the Township of Ventadour. The mouth of this lake is located in Ashuapmushuan Wildlife Reserve at 5.1 kilometres (3.2 mi) west of the Eeyou Istchee James Bay (municipality) boundary and the Regional County Municipality (RCM) Le Domaine-du-Roy.

Lake Normandin is mainly fed by Townsend Creek (south side) and the outlet (from the North) of a series of other lakes including Anctil, Vinet, Dorval and Képi.

The mouth of Lake Normandin is located at:

South of the mouth of Nicabau Lake;

From the mouth of Normandin Lake (Normandin River), the Normandin River flows over 98.4 kilometres (61.1 mi) according to the following segments:

Upper Normandin River (segment of 33.4 kilometres (20.8 mi))

  • 0.3 kilometres (0.19 mi) northeasterly in Ventadour Township to the southwest shore of Little Buade Lake;
  • 5.1 kilometres (3.2 mi) northeasterly across the lake Little Buade Lake (elevation: 400 metres (1,300 ft)) on its full length to the dam at its mouth. Note: The boundary of the townships of Ventadour and Buade is located in the middle of this lake;
  • 5.1 kilometres (3.2 mi) north through the "Foul Fall" to the south bay of Buade Lake (Normandin River);
  • 22.9 kilometres (14.2 mi) to the north, crossing the Buade Lake (Normandin River) (elevation: 392 metres (1,286 ft)), over its full length;

Intermediate part of the Normandin River (segment of 26.3 kilometres (16.3 mi))

  • 5.4 kilometres (3.4 mi) to the North forming a hook to the East, to the South Bay of Poutrincourt Lake;
  • 5.8 kilometres (3.6 mi) north through the central part of Poutrincourt Lake (elevation: 392 metres (1,286 ft)). Note: the boundaries of the townships of Bouterque and Poutrincourt cut the northern zone of this lake;
  • 15.6 kilometres (9.7 mi) north forming a hook of 2.0 kilometres (1.2 mi) easterly to the south bay of Nicabau Lake;
  • 5.3 kilometres (3.3 mi) either 1.8 kilometres (1.1 mi) north in Bouteroue township, then east in Ducharme township) crossing the southern part of Nicabau Lake (altitude: 386 metres (1,266 ft)).

Lower Normandin River (segment of 38.7 kilometres (24.0 mi))

  • 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) eastward in Ducharme Township to the west shore of Ducharme Lake;
  • 3.1 kilometres (1.9 mi) easterly crossing Ducharme Lake (elevation: 382 metres (1,253 ft)) on its full length, to the limit of the Ducharme townships and d'Aigremont;
  • 8.2 kilometres (5.1 mi) easterly in the Township of Mignault, forming a loop of 1.7 kilometres (1.1 mi) southerly to the mouth of the Chaudière River (Normandin River);
  • 12.8 kilometres (8.0 mi) southeasterly forming some serpentines, to a road bridge;
  • 12.1 kilometres (7.5 mi) southeasterly to its mouth.

The Normandin River flows into a bay on the northwestern shore of Ashuapmushuan Lake. From there, the current flows through the Ashuapmushuan River which flows to Saint-Félicien, Quebec on the west shore of Lac Saint-Jean.

The confluence of the Normandin River with the Ashuapmushuan Lake is located at:

Toponymy

The term "Normandin" is a family name of French origin.

The toponym "Normandin River" was formalized on December 5, 1968, at the Commission de toponymie du Québec, when it was created.

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