Lake PapineauQuebec


Dive site characteristics

Types Cliff dive Deep dive
Conditions Visibility more or less reduced Thermocline or cold water Seaplanes in the Area
Providers Parking Restaurant Swimming Picnic tables
Planning Rescue in case of emergency Weather conditionsFerries scheduleRoad conditionsRoad maps

Diving notes

BEWARE: according to the dive site location, there are seaplanes in certain bay area. Please be advise to avoid diving in the area that might be used as a path for takeoff or landing.



The picture on the left shows the wharves. The picture on the right shows the inn.

Please take note that the name of Papineau Lake has been also known as Commandant Lake. That name was the one of a chief of an indiant family once installed between Oka and Maniwaki. The term Commanda at that time meant "laugher".

The temperature at the surface is at 55°F and 40°F under the thermocline which is at ~20-27’ according to season.

The dives are done from shore or from a ponton. You may dive by making a reservation with a local dive operators. A 7.5mm thick neoprene wet suit is recommanded. A dry suit may be more suitable depending of your comfort habits during the fall season.

Entry points


Note: directions are accurate as possible. It is recommended to dive with somone knowing the dive site.

  Depth   Site  Characteristics
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120-30′Baie MaskinongéYou dive from the wharf. You may see: a fish bank on the North side of the bay, a ponton (in front of the right wharf) and a platform made of plastic caisses (near the left wharf).
2?Baie HamiltonInformations to come.
3?Baie MargaretInformations to come.
4?Baie CameronWarning, the land around the bay is a private property and belongs to the CCPLN private Club. Be advised not to accost your boat on the shore. Get informed by using a recent map of the area.

Driving directions


Don’t get into trouble, if you dive with the local charter have your C-card. Otherwise have a cell phone and some emergency measures.

From Montreal, take highway 15 heading North, take the Mirabel airport exit.

Follow highway 50 and take exit 260 heading to Lachute on road 148. At the "Rue Principale", turn heading West on roads 148-158. Cross the town and then right after crossing the bridge, take road 327 heading North to Brownsburg.

At Brownsburg at the first stop sign, turn heading North in order to continue on road 327 on "Rue des Érables" (no so visible street sign) at that place.

Passed Carling Lake, drive about 5km and turn left at the sign indicating Boileau.

At the gas station, keep right on Harrington road. Cross the bridge and continue up to the inn.


Alternative route.

Follow highway 50 to the end where it joins road 148 and turn toward West.

Follow the road and pass the direction about Hawkesbury in Ontario. Follow up to Calumet and turn right on Kilmar road (also known as Rivière Rouge road) heading North up the Harrington road. Follow then the road directions as above from the gas station.


Alternative route.

Follow road 148 up to Montebello. Turn at the red light heading North on road 323.

Follow up to Chemin Boileau, turn heading East. At Boileau, urn heading South on Maskinongé road. Follow up to the inn.


Route heading to South point of Margaret bay.

Follow road 148 up to Montebello. Just before, watch for Côte Ezilda and then turn heading North. Follow up to Côte Angèle heading North up to Margaret bay.

Diver’s services

Providers Address Phone Services
Auberge du Lac Commandant  420, ch. Maskinonge, Boileau 819 687-2882 lodging, charter, air

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