Noire River: Hope Depot to Aventure Riviere Sauvage (5 days / 150 km)

Trip Reports - Noire River

The Noire River is a very special place for me because it is the first river I have ever paddled when I was 12 years old with my dad and my sister! Depending on water level, the river usually flows at about 3 miles per hour, is fairly narrow giving you the feeling of being deep in the wilderness, is filled with beautiful sand dunes and has beautiful sets of white water.

Trip Completed: July 2021

Trip Summary

Starting Point: km 175 Hope Depot

Ending Point: km 25 Aventure Riviere Sauvage

Total Distance: 150 km

Duration: 5 days

Difficulty: Moderate to advanced due to the long 30 km days and more technical rapids in the upper part of the river.


This route takes place on Crown Land in Quebec.

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 best and most reliable maps are from the FQCK, but for the details of each rapids, Hap’s maps in his guide book mentioned above are awesome. (Note that the km markings on Hap maps will differ from the Federation Quebecoise de canot et de kayak)

FQCK Maps:

— Noire River Full Detailed Map

— Km 83-25

— Km 175-83

Campsite Reservations: Crown Land for the most part but you do go through a ZEC and the outfitter will charge you an amount per tent per day but there are no assigned campsites.

Permits: No if you go through the Outfitter. He will do it for you. If you go on your own you will have to contact the ZEC. See the maps above for the information.

Know Before You Go

Season: This river is navigable at many levels but, although we experience high water that year, it is usually at moderate levels during the months of July and August.

Cell Reception: None

Water: You will have to purify the water from the river.

Wildlife: I have never heard of any animal issues on...

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