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For homonymy, see Tawachiche.
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Tawachiche West River
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Mauricie
Regional County Municipality Mékinac Regional County Municipality
Municipality Lac-aux-Sables
Physical characteristics
Main source Masketsi Lake
Lake Masketsi (Mékinac)
231 m (758 ft)
River mouth Tawachiche River
Lac-aux-Sables
176 m (577 ft)
Basin features
Basin size 698 sq mi (1,810 km2)
Tributaries
  • Left:
    (Upward from the mouth) Décharge du lac Vieillotte et Lune, décharge d'un lac non identifié, décharge d'un ensemble de petits lacs non identifiés, décharge d'un ensemble de petits lacs non identifiés.
  • Right:
    (Upward from the mouth) Décharge d'un ensemble de petits lacs non identifiés, décharge (via le Petit lac Masketsi) d'un lac non identifié.

The Tawachiche West River is located in the Municipality of Lac-aux-Sables (the mouth is 9.5 km North of the village of Hervey-Jonction), in the administrative region of Mauricie, in the province of Quebec, Canada. Flowing mostly in the Marmier (township), its watershed is part of the Batiscanie, in the area of the MRC Mékinac. Water of Tawachiche west river is going down from the north-west to south-east to empty into the Tawachiche River. Tawachiche West River is located entirely in forest area. The surface of the river is usually frozen from November to April. Annually, the river flow is high during the spring thaw.

Since the 18th century, logging was a major economic factor in this wilderness area. Nowadays, camping, resorts and outdoor activities are dominant: hunting, fishing, hiking or all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, boats rides...

Geography

The mouth of the Tawachiche west river is located near the reception office of the ZEC Tawachiche. The mouth is located at 5.8 km to the "Lake à l'Auguste", 8.4 km from the dam of "Little Lake Masketsi", 8.6 km from the dam of "Lac Profond" (Deep Lake), 8.6 km from the dam of Lake Terrien and 8,7 km from Lake Missionary. The mouth is located 0.8 km from the former Audy railway station and 1.6 km from site of the former sawmill Veillet & Frères Ltée (located downstream on the banks of the Tawachiche River).

The Tawachiche west river begins at the mouth of Lake Masketsi (Mékinac), which flows into the Little Lake Masketsi. The outlet of the latter empties into Lake Auguste. In its course, the river on its left bank catch water of the discharges of "Boileau Lake" and "Vieillotte Lake".

From the mouth (near the former Audy railway station), up the stream, the road Tawachiche west generally follows the whole course of the river Tawachiche west. Upwards towards the northwest, the road passes near the "lake à l'Auguste", the "little lake Masketsi", Lake Masketsi (Mékinac) (where it bifurcates near the mouth and moves northward between lakes Masketsi and Roberge), Lake Roberge (it runs along the west side of the lake), Lake Narcisse and Lake Faber.

After crossing the lake Faber, Tawachiche west road meets a junction that connects the road Tawachiche is up to the Lake Price. This branch passes near lakes Calau (connected to Lake Suève), Welch, Puce, Lefebvre and "Lake à Mousse".

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