Coulonge River

The Coulonge River is a predominantly wilderness river in western Quebec, Canada. It is 217 km long, has a drainage area of 5060 km² (source:Atlas of Canada), and runs in a general south-eastern direction from its headwaters in Lac au Barrage (situated in La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve) to the Ottawa River at Fort-Coulonge, Quebec. Over that distance, it drops approximately 260 meters (850 ft) — 48 meters (157 ft) of that over the massive Grandes or Coulonge Chutes, approximately 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) upstream of the confluence with the Ottawa River.

A popular river for whitewater canoeing enthusiasts, it is often grouped together with the Dumoine and Noire Rivers as three of a kind. The three rivers share the same watershed, and have similar whitewater characteristics. All three empty into the Ottawa River within a distance of 105 kilometers (65 mi) from one another.

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... The Coulonge River is named after Nicholas d’Ailleboust, Sieur de Coulonge, who established a trading post at the mouth of the river in the winter of 1694-95, thereby establishing the first permanent European ... One of a dozen or so significant tributaries of the Ottawa River, the Coulonge was used as a waterway by native North Americans and, later, by the coureurs des bois plying their independent trade in ... the head of the falls) to the calmer waters near the confluence of the Coulonge and Ottawa rivers ...

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