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Réserve faunique de Papineau-Labelle



Réserve faunique de Papineau-Labelle was created in 1971 to make hunting and fishing territories accessible to the public and to promote wildlife conservation in these vast areas.

Several lodges still bear witness to the period when private fish and game clubs occupied these territories under leases granted by the Québec government.

The reserve was named after two leading figures in Québec history: Louis-Joseph Papineau,a great orator and politician who distinguished himself during the Rebellion of 1837, and Antoine Labelle, the priest of Saint-Jérôme, nick-named the King of the North for his energetic contribution to developing this part of Québec.


Réserve faunique de Papineau-Labelle lies in the Grenville geologic province of the Canadian Shield. This is an ancient chain of mountains formed 1,190 million years ago, which stretches over a distance of 4,000 km. Today, due to erosion over time, only the roots of this mountain range remain. Take advantage of your next visit to Réserve faunique de Papineau-Labelle to take in the most captivating attractions:

  • The observation tower at Lac Lanthier to watch ducks, moose, and white-tailed deer
  • Exceptional views from the Devlin, Resther and Bondy mountains
  • The sandy beaches of Lac Écho, Lac Joinville and Lac Marie-Le Franc

Fact Sheet


1,628 km2


  • Smallmouth bass
  • Walleye
  • Pike
  • Splake
  • Speckled trout
  • Lake trout
  • Landlocked salmon
  • Arctic char
  • Perch
  • Rainbow trout


Several species such as:

  • Marten
  • Fisher
  • Otter
  • Beaver
  • White-tailed deer
  • Wolf
  • Moose
  • Bear
  • Fox


Several species such as:

  • Woodcock
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Common Loon
  • Wild turkey

Forest Cover

Mixed forests dominated by sugar maple-yellow birch stands. There are hardwood species (red oak, beech, linden, elm, ash) and softwood species in abundance.

Bodies of water

763 lakes and 42 streams and rivers


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