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Petite rivière Bédard
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
Regional County Municipality Lac-Saint-Jean-Est Regional County Municipality
City Larouche, Hébertville-Station, Saint-Bruno et Alma
Physical characteristics
Main source Unidentified little lake
181 units?
48°23′50″N 71°35′45″E / 48.39728°N 71.59592°E / 48.39728; 71.59592
River mouth Bédard River
160 m (520 ft)
48°26′04″N 71°38′54″E / 48.43444°N 71.64833°E / 48.43444; 71.64833
Length 7.9 km (4.9 mi)

The Petite rivière Bédard is a tributary of the Bédard River, flowing in the municipalities of Larouche (MRC of Le Fjord-du-Saguenay Regional County Municipality) and Hébertville-Station (MRC of Lac-Saint-Jean-Est Regional County Municipality), in the administrative region of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, in the province of Quebec, in Canada.

The Petite Rivière Bédard valley is served by chemin du rang Saint-Pierre, chemin du Petit rang Saint-Pierre and chemin du rang Saint-Charles, for forestry and agriculture.

Agriculture is the main economic activity in the area of the Petite rivière Bédard; forestry, second.

The surface of the Petite rivière Bédard is usually frozen from the beginning of December to the end of March, however the safe circulation on the ice is generally made from mid-December to mid-March.


The main watersheds neighboring the Petite Rivière Bédard are:

The Petite rivière Bédard rises at an unidentified small lake (length: 0.3 km (0.19 mi); altitude: 181 m (594 ft)) in the municipality of Larouche. This source is located at:

  • 4.2 km (2.6 mi) west of Cascouia Bay (integrated into Kenogami Lake);
  • 5.7 km (3.5 mi) south-east of the confluence of the Petite Bédard and Bédard rivers;
  • 6.6 km (4.1 mi) south of the Canadian National railway;
  • 7.0 km (4.3 mi) south of route 170;
  • 7.7 km (4.8 mi) south-west of the center of the village of Larouche;
  • 15.2 km (9.4 mi) south of the Saguenay River.

From its source (small unidentified lake), the Petite rivière Bédard flows over 7.9 km (4.9 mi) with a drop of 21 km (13 mi) generally in the forest zone in the upper part and in agriculture for the lower part, according to the following segments:

  • 2.3 km (1.4 mi) towards the northwest by forming a curve towards the south, up to a stream (coming from the north);
  • 2.8 km (1.7 mi) westwards, up to a curve of the river;
  • 2.8 km (1.7 mi) north-west, to the mouth of the river.

The course of the Petite Bédard River flows onto the south bank of the Bédard River, in agricultural area. This confluence is located at:

  • 1.2 km (0.75 mi) south-east of the Canadian National railway;
  • 1.6 km (0.99 mi) east of the village center of Hébertville-Station;
  • 9.2 km (5.7 mi) west of Cascouia Bay of Kenogami Lake;
  • 12.1 km (7.5 mi) south-east of downtown Alma;
  • 16.0 km (9.9 mi) south-east of Isle-Maligne dam;
  • 16.6 km (10.3 mi) south-east of the confluence of Lac Saint-Jean and the Saguenay River (ie at the entrance to La Petite Décharge).

From the mouth of Petite Rivière Bédard, the current follows the course of the Saguenay River for 139 km (86 mi) east to Tadoussac where it merges with the Saint Lawrence estuary.


The toponym “petite rivière Bédard” was formalized on August 28, 1980, at the Place Names Bank of the Commission de toponymie du Québec.


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