Wawagosic River

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Wawagosic
Harricana map.png
Harricana River basin in yellow
Location
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Nord-du-Québec
Physical characteristics
SourceLittle marsh
 - location Lac-Chicobi, Quebec, Nord-du-Québec, Quebec
 - coordinates 48°59′35″N78°35′36″W / 48.99306°N 78.59333°W / 48.99306; -78.59333
 - elevation288 m (945 ft)
Mouth Turgeon River
 - location
Eeyou Istchee Baie-James (municipalité), Quebec
 - coordinates
49°57′51″N79°05′30″W / 49.96417°N 79.09167°W / 49.96417; -79.09167 Coordinates: 49°57′51″N79°05′30″W / 49.96417°N 79.09167°W / 49.96417; -79.09167
 - elevation
235 m (771 ft)
Basin features
Tributaries 
 - left(from de mouth) Ménard River,
Perdrix River
 - right(from de mouth) Mistaouac River,
Kadabakato River ,
Tangente River.

The Wawagosic River is a tributary of the Turgeon River flowing the municipality of Eeyou Istchee James Bay (Municipality), in the administrative region of Nord-du-Québec , in Quebec, in Canada.

Turgeon River river in Quebec and Ontario, Canada

The Turgeon River is a tributary of the Harricana River that flows to the southern shore of James Bay. The Turgeon River is a river flowing mainly in the municipality of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James (municipality), in the administrative region of Nord-du-Québec, in Quebec, in Canada.

Baie-James Municipality in Quebec, Canada

The Municipality of Baie-James was a municipality in northern Quebec, Canada, which existed from 1971 to 2012. Located to the east of James Bay, Baie-James covered 297,332.84 km2 (114,800.85 sq mi) of land, making it the largest incorporated municipality in Canada — only eight unorganized territories were larger. Its territory almost entirely covered the administrative region of Jamésie, although it contained less than five percent of the population. Essentially, it was the remainder of the Jamésie Territory's land after all of the major population centres were removed.

Nord-du-Québec Place in Quebec, Canada

Nord-du-Québec is the largest, but the least populous, of the seventeen administrative regions of Quebec, Canada. With nearly 750,000 square kilometres (290,000 sq mi) of land area, and very extensive lakes and rivers, it covers much of the Labrador Peninsula and about 55% of the total land surface area of Quebec, while containing a little more than 0.5% of the population.

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Geography

The surrounding hydrographic slopes of the Wawagosic River are:

The water head of the Wawagosic River is located on the border of the administrative regions of Nord-du-Québec and Abitibi-Témiscamingue. The Wawagosic River originates in a small marsh north of Authier Lake, in the unorganized territory of Lac-Chicobi, Quebec, west of the Octave River (Harricana River) and north of Chicobi Lake. This sector is included in the Esker-Mistaouac's proposed biodiversity reserve. The head of the river drains the waters of the western slope of Saucer Hills (altitude: 367 metres (1,204 ft)) and Mount Plamondon (altitude: 445 metres (1,460 ft)).

Abitibi-Témiscamingue Administrative region in Quebec, Canada

Abitibi-Témiscamingue is an administrative region located in western Québec, Canada, along the border with Ontario. It became part of the province in 1898. It has a land area of 57,674.26 km2. The region is divided into five regional county municipalities and 79 municipalities. Its economy continues to be dominated by resource extraction industries. These include logging, mining all along the rich geologic Cadillac Fault between Val-d'Or and Rouyn-Noranda, as well as agriculture.

Lac-Chicobi, Quebec Unorganized territory in Quebec, Canada

Lac-Chicobi is an unorganized territory in the Canadian province of Quebec, located within the Abitibi Regional County Municipality. The area consists of two non-contiguous portions on either side of the incorporated municipality of Berry.

Located in the southeastern corner of Bacon Township, Wawagosic Lake (length: 4.0 kilometres (2.5 mi)) flows into the river of the same name by the Tangente River which flows 6.9 kilometres (4.3 mi) to the southwest, to reach the Wawagosic River.

Tangente River tributary of the Wawagosic River, flowing into Eeyou Istchee James Bay, Northern Quebec, Canada

The Tangent River is a tributary of the Wawagosic River, flowing in the municipality of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James (municipality), in the administrative region of Nord-du-Québec, in Quebec, in Canada. The course of the "Tangent River" crosses the township Bacon.

The Wawagosic River flows mostly north, with some segment westward, across many marsh areas. On its course, the river drains the waters from the lakes: Motherland, Plamondon, Wawagosic, Cadieux, Carheil, Horney, Morin, Cadieux, Dent, Leblond and Casgrain. The Wawagosic River flows into the Turgeon River which is a tributary of the Harricana River. [1]

Harricana River tributary of James Bay (Ontario), crossing administrative region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec, in Quebec, in Canada.

The Harricana River is a river in western Quebec and northeastern Ontario, Canada. It is 533 kilometres (331 mi) long, has a drainage area of 29,300 square kilometres (11,300 sq mi), and has a mean discharge of 570 m³/s. While 80% of its drainage area is in Quebec, the river flows for a short distance through Ontario before it ends in Hannah Bay off James Bay.

Toponymy

According to reports from 1908 surveyors who were exploring the area for the development of northwestern Quebec for the eventual arrival of the National Transcontinental Railway, this river was identified popularly as "Croche River". The name "Wawagotig" of Algonquin origin, meaning "river in zigzag", was also used to describe this body of water. The Algonquins of Pikogan had named Lake Wawagosic; this lake is characterized by its sandy coastline and several islands. This latter meaning applies very well to the river whose clayey and rockless edges have been noted since the beginning of the century. [2]

The toponym "rivière Wawagosic" was made official on December 5, 1968, at the Bank of Place Names of the Commission de toponymie du Québec. [3]

Notes and references

  1. Natural Resources Ministries of Canada, geographic map
  2. Source: "Names and Places of Quebec", a work of the Commission de toponymie du Québec, published in 1994 and 1996 in the form of a printed illustrated dictionary, and under that of a CD-ROM produced by the company Micro-Intel, in 1997, from this dictionary.
  3. Commission de toponymie du Quebec - Bank of Place Names - Toponym: "Wawagosic River"

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