Baskatong Reservoir

The Baskatong Reservoir (French: Réservoir Baskatong) is a man-made lake in western Quebec, Canada. It was formed following the construction of the Mercier Dam in 1927[2] and has an area of 413 km2.[3] Since 2007, a 55 MW generating station is in operation at the site of the dam, the reservoir also being used to control the flow of the Gatineau River for several hydroelectric generating stations downstream.

Baskatong Reservoir
Highway 117 is visible in the lower left corner
Baskatong Reservoir
Location in Quebec
LocationAntoine-Labelle Regional County Municipality / La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau Regional County Municipality, Quebec
Coordinates46°48′N 75°48′W
Primary inflowsGatineau River
Primary outflowsGatineau River
Basin countriesCanada
Max. length30 km (19 mi)
Max. width25 km (16 mi)
Surface area413 km2 (159 sq mi)
Max. depth96 m (315 ft)
Shore length12,800 km (1,700 mi)
Surface elevation207 m (679 ft) - 223 m (732 ft)[1]
Islandsover 160
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Its primary source is the Gatineau River. Other significant sources are:

Baskatong Reservoir is accessible by several short forest roads off Route 117, about 200 km (124 mi) north of Ottawa, and about 290 km (180 mi) north-west from Montreal.

Fish species

Baskatong Reservoir is a popular location for fishing and has over 20 outfitters established on its shores. Fish species present are walleye, northern pike, lake trout, whitefish, and landlocked salmon.[4]

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