If I was forced to pick the best river in the Outaouais/Pontiac region of Quebec I think the Coulonge would be right up there. It has everything. Great white water, good fishing, nice beautiful sandy beaches, falls and it’s remote. Well, not the kind of remote you’ll get from going up north but it certainly feels wild and remote!
Trip Completed: June 2022
Starting Point: km 106
Ending Point: km 15
Total Distance: 91 km
Duration: 4 days
Difficulty: Intermediate (when we were out there it was high water)
The Coulonge River is on crown land in Quebec. The nearest town is Fort Coulonge.
Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ - Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin)
Maps & Resources
Guidebook: Rivers of the Upper Ottawa Valley - Hap Wilson
Map: The maps in Hap’s books are great with amazing details on them. Especially for the breakdown of the rapids. I followed the Cartespleinair map for my trip.
Campsite Reservations: The entire route is on crown land so no campsite reservations are needed.
Permits: The entire route is on crown land so no permits are needed for Canadian residents.
Know Before You Go
Season: The best time to paddle is in July and August.
Cell Reception: None
Water: You will have to purify your water.
Wildlife: Never heard of issues with animals but certainly a place where black bears and moose hang out!
Waste: You must pack out all your garbage. A few campsites have thunderboxes.
Outfitters & Shuttles
Outfitter: Aventure Riviere Sauvage
Shuttle: Aventure Riviere Sauvage has a great shuttle service!
Day 1: km 106 to km 77 (29 km)
We met the outfitter, Aventure Rivière Sauvage, at Chutes Coulonge Park in Fort Coulonge at 8 am. The shuttle upriver took about 2 hours and 35 minutes.
The put-in at km 106 is just below Gauthier Falls and is a very easy put-in on a ...
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