Practical guide to sharing watercourses in Saint-Donat
Saint-Donat is certainly the ideal place to practice water activities (in French) during the summer season, whether it’s for a day, a week or for life! With 81 lakes, 33 of which cover an area of over one hectare, it is the perfect playground for canoeing, kayaking, boating and swimming.
Saint-Donat is also a pioneer in the protection of water bodies that are so precious to all. Did you know that the first association of residents of Quebec was founded at Lake Archambault?
In order for all these activities to coexist and to protect the beautiful environment that surrounds us, we have prepared for you a practical guide to sharing watercourses in Saint-Donat!
1- Fun you will have
Summer doesn’t last forever! You have to know how to take advantage of every ray of sunshine, every breeze, every grain of sand, every stream during the summer season. The municipality of Saint-Donat is the destination for guaranteed fun!
2- The waves you will minimize
The big waves caused by the rapid passage of motorboats cause damage to the aquatic ecosystem and erode the banks that we love so much. Be sensitive to the environmental consequences of your boat’s eddies and help prevent the deterioration of the lakes and rivers of Saint-Donat. Near the shore, reduce your speed to 10 km/h. Save the big wave for the baseball games this summer.
3- A good distance you will keep
Lakes are as much for motorboats as for swimmers. Be attentive to other users by keeping a respectable distance of 50 meters from swimmers and boats. Accidents can thus be avoided, and everyone can enjoy the water safely. No one wants to have a new hairdo by a motor propeller that got too close!
4- An access card you will get
Since mid-June 2021, automatic barriers have been added to municipal boat ramps to control access to the Saint-Donat lakes. Make sure you have your access card (in French) on hand to quickly put your boat in the water. Think of it as the key that gives you access to a protected body of water.
5- A washing certificate you will have
To avoid the introduction of undesirable species into the lakes and rivers of Saint-Donat, it is essential for all boats from outside the municipality to be cleaned before navigation. A washing certificate (in French) is what you will need before launching to keep the lakes healthy. After all, you don’t visit the neighbors without a good shower, the same goes for your boat!
6- Your waste you will collect
The use of beaches, lakes and rivers of Saint-Donat comes with a great responsibility: that of leaving no trace of your passage. Bring back your garbage. We prefer to see vacationers floating on the water rather than empty cans!
7- Noise you will minimize
The sound travels at full speed on the water. To respect residents and maintain the tranquility of our lakes and rivers, minimize the volume (or even the use) of a sound system. After all, you wouldn’t want to miss all the sweet sounds that nature in Saint-Donat has to offer.
8- Private property you will respect
As we know, our lakes and rivers are bordered by magnificent properties and enchanting grounds. Although it is tempting to approach them, remember that these properties are private, and no one likes to have strangers unexpectedly showing up at their family BBQ. Respect the privacy of residents!
9- The nautical patrol you will salute
The patrollers can provide you with all the information you need to move around safely. They make sure that boaters comply with the rules in force and have the required permits. Awareness and education are part of Saint-Donat’s DNA. Wave at them when you see them around!
Are you looking for nautical activities to practice in Saint-Donat? The Saint-Donat Nautical Club is a good place to start. You can rent paddle boards (SUP), pedal boats, kayaks and sailboats, etc!
The 17 blue trails and kayaking circuits (in French) are a great way to find surprising places to paddle on the lakes and rivers of the municipality.
If you prefer swimming, several parks and beaches (in French) in Saint-Donat allow access not only to a body of water, but also to picnic tables and play areas, ideal for a family fun-day out in the sun.