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Réserve faunique de Portneuf



Réserve faunique de Portneuf was created in May 1968 by the Québec government as part of a project to make hunting and fishing territories accessible to the public. When it was created, 22 private clubs occupied the territory of Réserve faunique de Portneuf:

  • Club Bon Espoir
  • Club Champlain
  • Club Chanceux
  • Club Citadelle
  • Club C.I.P. Coo Coo
  • Club Hancowala
  • Club Lemieux
  • Club Le Batiscan
  • Club Les Laurentides
  • Club Mohawk
  • Club Rivière-Blanche
  • Club Rivière-à-Pierre
  • Club Rolland-Côté
  • Club Rubis
  • Club Sergius
  • Club Talbot Inc.
  • Little Saguenay Fish and Game Club
  • Railroad Employee Fish and Game Club
  • Saint-Maurice Fish and Game Club

The name Portneuf comes from that of the seigneury granted in 1636 by the Company of New France to Jacques Leneuf de La Poterie. The first Portneuf residents moved to the mouth of the "port neuf" river in about 1640. They called this spot Port.  Leneuf de La Poterie added the last syllable of his name to form Portneuf, which became the name of the seigneury.


Réserve faunique de Portneuf lies at the northern boundary of the transition zone between the Canadian  Shield and the St. Lawrence Lowlands. Its lakes and rivers are fed by the watersheds of the Batiscan and Saint-Maurice rivers.

Observing the scenery, you will notice an impressive maze of granite hills and valleys. The average altitude varies between 450 m and 600 m and is consistently above 333 m in the north-eastern part of the reserve.

During your visit to Réserve faunique de Portneuf, don't miss the most beautiful attractions:

  • Chutes de la Marmite falls
  • The Coulée Creuse sector that leads to a magnificent viewpoint, especially in the winter
  • The Cap-à-l'Aigle trail
  • The Urubus trail
  • The remarkable Bellevue campground site and its 2 coveted hiking trails

Fact Sheet


775 km2

Bodies of water

375 lakes and 11 rivers


  • Musky
  • Splake
  • Arctic char
  • Speckled trout
  • Lake trout


  • Beaver
  • White-tailed deer
  • Coyote
  • Snowshoe hare
  • Moose
  • Black bear
  • Fox


Over 70 species, such as

  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Wood Duck
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Striated Heron
  • Warblers
  • Northern Saw-whet Owl
  • Common Loon
  • Spruce Grouse

Forest Cover

Mixed forest with a predominance of deciduous trees - mainly birch, maple, fir and spruce.

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