Miramichi Watershed

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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Waterways
    1.   2.1  Miramichi River
    2.   2.2  Bartibog River
  3.   3.  Sources
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General

Region Northern Tides
Territory Miramichi Wilderness
Major Waterways
Size ?? sq km / ?? sq mi

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1.  Description

The Miramichi Watershed is thickly forested land, just as its counterpart to the south, the Miramichi Valley. The difference between the two areas lies in the number of rivers: while the Valley has only one artery of water, the Watershed is home to a great number of rivers. They course through the low hills and burble in the dark, damp forests. Much of the rich soil here is damp and moist in summer, almost swamp-like. In winter, though, the whole of it freezes rock solid.

2.  Waterways

2.1  Miramichi River

The Miramichi River refers to a collection of rivers: there are Little and Big Miramichi Rivers, as well as the Northwest Miramichi and Southeast Miramichi. Many tributaries are in the Miramichi Watershed areas, but several streams and one Miramichi River (perhaps the Southeast or the Little Eastern -- no one is quite sure) cuts through the Miramichi Valley. The thickest part of the river takes a turn into the flatlants of the River of Fire and finally meanders south to the larger Saint John River. It is a meandering river, with very slow-moving waters. Much of its downstream waters are muddied, thickened with the silt and sediment picked up throughout its vast headwaters.

2.2  Bartibog River

The Bartibog River is a tributary of the Miramichi River, rising in the northeast of the Miramichi Watershed. It flows east and south into the Miramichi. Where the two rivers meet, a small community (also bearing the name Bartibog) nestles on the peninsula behind the rivers' meeting point. The town poorly situated -- since the time of humanity, at least half of it has sunk back into the mud. Half-drowned houses stand nearest to the meeting point of the Miramichi and the Bartibog, though the northern half of the town is still dry as of yet. Outside of this community, the Bartibog River watershed is entirely rural, dominated by forests and small farms.

  • Moody's Point
    The promontory on the east bank of the Bartibog River, across from the town of Bartibog proper, is called Moody's Point. It is the location of one of the oldest Roman Catholic Churches in the area, dating from the 1850s. The stone church is well-situated to avoid flooding, though its stones are damp and its air is generally humid.

3.  Sources