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Parks, Nature and Sports Facilities

Docks and Boat Launching Ramps

Descente Higgins - Closed until the end of October

Descente Higgins, on boulevard Salaberry Nord, at the corner of rue Higgins, will be closed until the end of October due to work on boulevard Salaberry between rue Higgins and rue Létourneau.

Châteauguay River flows through the city which also borders on Lake St-Louis and St. Lawrence River offering many different ways to access the waters.

In spring, when the water level is right, various access facilities are available.

Commissioning Period

The docks are installed from May and remain in service until October.


Many docks are put at the disposal of fishermen and other nature lovers and to put all small boats (canoes, kayaks, etc.) in the water.

Two docks at de la Commune park ,in proximity of Saint-Bernard Island.
One dock at Marcel-Seers park
One dock at Joseph-Laberge park


Boat launching ramps

Boat launching ramp and dock

Motor boats

Two ramps are available to boaters:

Descente Reid , located on Boulevard Salaberry Nord, near Rue Reid, at the foot of Pont de la Sauvagine.
Descente Higgins , located on Boulevard Salaberry Nord, at the corner of Rue Higgins. (IMPORTANT: Descente Higgins will be closed until the end of October due to work on boulevard Salaberry between rue Higgins and rue Létourneau.

Pricing and regulations

  • Free for Châteauguay residents. Only the driver’s license or the Passeport-loisir is accepted for identification purposes.
  • Only one boat is identifiable per address.
  • A rate of $40 per visit applies for non-residents, valid for the day. This fee provides access to the water via the two municipal ramps; parking is not charged. Season passes are not available.
  • It is expected that all users of the ramps will agree to abide by the guidelines, which are contained in a service contract that must be signed at the time of the first pass of the season.
  • Security guards will be present to ensure compliance with the various rules and regulations. Penalties can range from denial of access for the season to minimum fines of $200.

Non-motorized boats

Other than docks, the Nautical Centre allows water sports enthusiasts to launch their paddle boats and sailing boats (less than 3.7 m (12 ft) during the nautical centre’s opening hours.

Châteauguay Nautical Centre on interactive map

Light paddle watercrafts can access the water at la Pointe Nautique. City attendants assist citizens during opening hours.  A high pressure washing station is available free of use.

Pointe nautique on interactive map

Access is free for Châteauguay residents and non-residents are charged a $5 flat fee.

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