Martigny River

The Martigny River is a tributary of the Turgeon River, flowing into the Municipality of Eeyou Istchee James Bay (municipality), in Jamésie, in the administrative region from Nord-du-Québec, in Quebec, in Canada. The course of the river crosses the townships of Martigny, Martinière and Lanouillier.

Harricana map.png
Harricana River basin in yellow
RegionEeyou Istchee Baie-James (municipality)
Physical characteristics
SourceLac aux Épices
 • locationEeyou Istchee Baie-James (municipality), Nord-du-Québec, Quebec
 • coordinates50°07′47″N 79°11′42″W / 50.12972°N 79.19500°W / 50.12972; -79.19500
 • elevation241 m (791 ft)
MouthTurgeon River
 • location
Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, Quebec
 • coordinates
49°59′20″N 79°00′50″W / 49.98889°N 79.01389°W / 49.98889; -79.01389Coordinates: 49°59′20″N 79°00′50″W / 49.98889°N 79.01389°W / 49.98889; -79.01389
 • elevation
235 m (771 ft)
Length30.2 km (18.8 mi)[1]
Basin features
 • rightDischarge of Lemoyne Lake.

This hydrographic slope is covered by several marsh areas. The surface of the river is usually frozen from early November to mid-May, however, safe ice movement is generally from mid-November to the end of April.


The main hydrographic slopes near the Martigny River are:

The Martigny River derives its source from "Lac aux Épices" (length: 3.9 kilometres (2.4 mi), altitude: 241 metres (791 ft)), located in the township of Martigny, in the municipality of Eeyou Istchee James Bay (municipality).

The mouth of "Lac aux Épices" is located at:

  • 20.7 kilometres (12.9 mi) Northwest of Martigny River mouth (confluence with Turgeon River);
  • 103.6 kilometres (64.4 mi) Southeast of the mouth of Harricana River;
  • 23.3 kilometres (14.5 mi) Northwest of the mouth of the Turgeon River;
  • 23.0 kilometres (14.3 mi) East of the Ontario border.

From the source, the Martigny River flows over 30.2 kilometres (18.8 mi) according to the following segments:

  • 4.3 kilometres (2.7 mi) Southeast, to the outlet (coming from the south) of a group of lakes, notably Lemoyne, Laforge and Bouchard;
  • 6.0 kilometres (3.7 mi) Southeasterly to the west shore of Lac Martigny;
  • 4.6 kilometres (2.9 mi) Southeast across Lake Martigny (length: 5.7 kilometres (3.5 mi); altitude: 242 metres (794 ft)), up to mouth;
  • 8.4 kilometres (5.2 mi) Southeast across Finger Lake (length: 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi); altitude: 242 metres (794 ft)), up to its mouth;
  • 6.9 kilometres (4.3 mi) Southeasterly to mouth[2]

The Martigny River flows on the north shore of the Turgeon River, to:

  • 6.0 kilometres (3.7 mi) Southwest of the mouth of the Turgeon River;

South of the mouth of the Harricana River

  • 36.2 kilometres (22.5 mi) east of the Ontario border;
  • 102.3 kilometres (63.6 mi) west of downtown Matagami.


The term "Martigny" is a surname of French origin.

The toponym "rivière Martigny" was formalized on December 5, 1968, at the Commission de toponymie du Québec, when it was founded.[3]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Atlas of Canada
  2. ^ Distances from the Department of Natural Resources Canada's Atlas of Canada (published on the Internet).
  3. ^ Commission de toponymie du Quebec - Bank of place names - Toponym: "Martigny river"

See alsoEdit

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