The Lièvre River (French: Rivière du Lièvre; French pronunciation: [ʁivjɛʁ dy ljɛvʁ]) is a river in western Quebec which flows south from the Mitchinamécus reservoir and empties into the Ottawa River at Masson-Angers. The river is 330 kilometres (210 mi) long and drains an area of 10,400 square kilometres (4,000 sq mi). The river's name is an adaptation of its former French name Riviere aux Lièvres, "River of the Hares".
Lièvre River at Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette
|Native name||Rivière du Lièvre|
|Length||330 km (210 mi)|
|Basin size||10,400 km2 (4,000 sq mi)|
|Progression||Ottawa River→ Saint Lawrence River→ Gulf of Saint Lawrence|
|River system||Ottawa River drainage basin|
At one time, the river was used to transport logs downstream to sawmills located near the river's mouth. In 1928, a paper mill was built near the mouth of the river. On December 18, 1998, this mill was bought from Industries James Maclaren Inc. by private investors and became Papier Masson Ltee. In turn, the White Birch Paper Company bought it in January 2006.
The river is the subject of Archibald Lampman's poem "Morning on the Lièvre". The award-winning short film Morning on the Lièvre paired a narration of Lampman's poem with footage of two men canoeing on the river.
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