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Rivière à la Loutre
Native name Old name: "Anderson River"
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
Regional County Municipality Le Fjord-du-Saguenay Regional County Municipality
Physical characteristics
Main source Confluence of two mountain streams
231 m (758 ft)
48°32′25″N 70°55′09″W / 48.54028°N 70.91917°W / 48.54028; -70.91917
River mouth Saguenay River
4 m (13 ft)
48°27′16″N 70°55′10″W / 48.45444°N 70.91944°W / 48.45444; -70.91944
Length 14.0 km (8.7 mi)
Basin features
Progression Saguenay River, Saint Lawrence River
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The rivière à la Loutre (English: Otter River) is a tributary of the Saguenay River, flowing in the municipality of Saint-Fulgence in the Le Fjord-du-Saguenay Regional County Municipality, in the administrative region of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, in Quebec, in Canada.

The route 172 (route de Tadoussac) crosses the river at the Otter at its mouth. Rang Saint-Louis road (north-south direction) serves the west side of this river.

Forestry is the sector's primary economic activity; second, recreational tourism activities.

The surface of Rivière à la Loutre is usually frozen from late November to early April, however safe traffic on the ice is generally from mid-December to late March.


The main neighboring watersheds of the Rivière à la Loutre are:

The Rivière à la Loutre takes its source from a mountain stream (altitude: 231 m (758 ft)). This source is located at: 0.8 km (0.50 mi) to the south of the course of the le Petit Bras and at 9.9 m (32 ft) to the north-west from the mouth of the river to the Otter.

From its source, at the confluence of two mountain streams, the course of the Rivière à la Loutre descends on 14.0 km (8.7 mi) according to the following segments:

  • 4.0 km (2.5 mi) south, to rang Sainte-Anne road;
  • 3.3 km (2.1 mi) southwesterly, forming an easterly curve to Rang Sainte-Marie road;
  • 5.3 km (3.3 mi) to the south in a deep valley, to a stream (coming from the west) corresponding to a bend in the river;
  • 1.4 km (0.87 mi) towards the south-east at the foot of a mountain, delimiting the northern part of a small plain, to the mouth of the river.

The mouth of the Rivière à la Loutre flows onto the north shore of the Saguenay River in the municipality of Saint-Fulgence. This confluence of the Rivière à la Loutre is located at:

  • 2.1 km (1.3 mi) east of the mouth of the Valin River;
  • 4.0 km (2.5 mi) west of the center of the village of Saint-Fulgence;
  • 9.4 km (5.8 mi) north-east of downtown Saguenay;
  • 99.4 km (61.8 mi) west of the mouth of the Saguenay River.

From the mouth of the Rivière à la Loutre, the current follows the course of the Saguenay River eastwards to the height of Tadoussac where it meets the Saint Lawrence River.


The toponym Rivière à la Loutre was formalized on December 5, 1968, at the Place Names Bank of the Commission de toponymie du Québec.

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