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|Native name||Rivière Saint-Athanase|
|Regional County Municipality||Le Fjord-du-Saguenay Regional County Municipality|
|Main source||Petit lac Alphée
183 m (600 ft)
|River mouth||Saguenay River
3 m (9.8 ft)
|Length||9.7 km (6.0 mi)|
The Saint-Athanase River is a tributary of the south shore of the Saguenay River flowing into the municipality of Petit-Saguenay in the Le Fjord-du-Saguenay Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada.
The Saint-Athanase River Valley is mainly served by Saint-Louis Road and Saint-Etienne Road.
Forestry is the first economic activity in the sector; recreational tourism activities, second.
The surface of the Saint-Athanase River is usually frozen from the beginning of December to the end of March, however, safe ice circulation is generally from mid-December to mid-March.
The main hydrographic slopes near the Saint-Athanase River are:
- North side: Saguenay River;
- East side: Saint-Étienne River, Petites Îles River, St. Lawrence River;
- South side: Petit Saguenay River;
- West side: Petit Saguenay River, Cabanage River.
The Saint-Athanase River rises at the mouth of Petit Lac Alphée (length: 0.3 km (0.19 mi); altitude: 183 m (600 ft)). This source is located at:
- 5.4 km (3.4 mi) south of its mouth (confluence with the Saguenay River);
- 2.6 km (1.6 mi) northeast of the Petit Saguenay River;
- 23.8 km (14.8 mi) west of the mouth of the Saguenay River;
- 4.9 km (3.0 mi) east of the village center of Petit-Saguenay.
From its source (Petit Lac Alphée), the course of the Saint-Athanase River descends on 8.6 km (5.3 mi) according to the following segments:
- 0.6 km (0.37 mi) to the north, in particular, crossing the Alphée lake (length: 0.4 km (0.25 mi); altitude: 164 m (538 ft)) on 0.6 km (0.37 mi) to its mouth;
- 0.5 km (0.31 mi) easterly, forming a curve to the north, to the discharge (coming from the north) of a group of small lakes;
- 1.0 km (0.62 mi) easterly forming at the beginning of a segment a hook to the south, to the discharge (coming from the south) of a set of small lakes;
- 1.4 km (0.87 mi) northerly forming a large S, to the discharge (from the east) of an unidentified lake;
- 2.4 km (1.5 mi) northerly, curving to the northeast, to the discharge (from the east) of a set of unidentified lakes;
- 0.8 km (0.50 mi) northwesterly to a dump of unidentified lakes;
- 1.9 km (1.2 mi) north in a steep valley curving westward around a large mountain to its mouth.
The mouth of the Saint-Athanase River flows into the bottom of "Anse au Cheval" on the south shore of the Saguenay River. This confluence is located at:
- 3.4 km (2.1 mi) northwest of the village center of Saint-Étienne;
- 9.1 km (5.7 mi) northeast of the confluence of the Petit Saguenay River with the Saguenay River;
- 23.2 km (14.4 mi) west of Tadoussac.
The toponym "rivière Saint-Athanase" (St. Athanase River) refers to St. Athanasius, a patron of the Roman Catholic Church.
The toponym "Saint-Athanase River" was formalized on December 5, 1968, at the Bank of place names of the Commission de toponymie du Quebec.
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