General information

Access to the region

The region of Chapais is accessible by road 113 through Abitibi-Témiscamingue and also by road 167 via Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean. About 700 km of Montreal and 550 km of Quebec, on a completely paved road. Your fishing experience in the area is well worth the trip. The multiple water bodies in the James Bay territory offer a variety of fish species. The most popular of which are walleye, northern pike, lake trout and brook trout further up North. This vast territory allows fishing in wildlife reserves in addition to the free territory. Moreover, the Route du Nord and the James Bay road will allow you to explore this new world.

Chapais services

The town of Chapais now has about 1600 inhabitants. It is located about 10 km from the official site of the James Bay Walleye Festival at Lake Opémisca. The city includes all the necessary services to facilitate your visit to us including the grocery store, gas stations, restaurants, convenience stores, ATM, fishing gear, hardware store, post office and CLSC. For the sale, rental and service of nautical equipment, you can go to the town of Chibougamau located a 30 minutes drive from Chapais where a greater variety of products and services will meet your needs.

Official festival area

You will access the site of the James Bay Walleye Festival via Route 113 about 10 km west of the town of Chapais. From there, a 2 km gravel road gives access to the site where a large marquee is set up on the shores of Opemisca Lake. To facilitate access to the lake, a launch ramp and parking for vehicles and trailers are at your disposal, completely free of charge. On the official site of the festival, there is the reception hut where fishermen register, the fish registration station at Opémiska, a marina, a canteen and a sanitary block. The James Bay Walleye Festival holds a large vacant lot on which several campsites are available during the 10 days of the tournament. These fields are located in front of the reception of the Opémiska campsite.

THIS IS A BACKUP SITE, not a top-of-the-range campground with no vegetation. For information or reservations: 1 877 846-2020.

The pleasure of fishing and your safety

People come here for fishing and come back for pleasure. The volunteers work very hard to offer you a quality experience with a personalized service. All this, in order to offer you a most exciting fishing trip. During the James Bay Walleye Festival, everything is done to ensure your safety. At the end of the day, fishermen return to the registration station at the landing stage where a radio link is maintained with the various patrol teams covering the 77 km2 of Lake Opémisca. As for the security on the site, the members of the organizing committee are easily identifiable in order to provide you with all necessary support when needed. Finally, the territory is served by the Sûreté du Québec and an ambulance service is located only 10 km from the festival site.

To see the different lodging options, tourist attractions and activities in the area visit the website of 
Eeyou Istchee Baie-James Tourism


Contact information

  • Festival : Lake Opémisca
  • Office : 145 Boulevard Springer
  • C.P. 898, Chapais, QC, G0W1H0
  • (418) 745-2020
  • Fax : (418) 745-3871
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