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Lac St-Jean

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2 km long dinner table as part of the swim

Lac Saint-Jean is a large, relatively shallow lake on the shores of Roberval in south-central Quebec, Canada, in the Laurentian Highlands. It is situated 206 kilometres north of the Saint Lawrence River, into which it drains via the Saguenay River.

The lake is fed by dozens of small rivers with towns that dot its shores including Alma, Dolbeau-Mistassini, Roberval, Normandin, and Saint-Félicien. The lake was initially named Piékouagami (Flat Lake) by the Kakouchak Innu who lived on its shores. It was given its French name after Jean Dequen, a Jesuit missionary who in 1647 was the first European to reach its shores.

Open Water Swimming

It is the site of the annual FINA 10 km Marathon Swimming World Cup race and the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix's 32 km Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean, considered by many to be the top professional marathon swimming competition in the world. It is site of the fifth leg of the 2018 FINA Marathon Swim World Series.

2018 FINA Marathon Swim World Series

It is site of the fifth leg of the 2018 FINA Marathon Swim World Series, professional 10 km marathon swims:

Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean


Esther Nuñez Morera at the 2015 Traversée internationale du Lac St-Jean in Quebec, Canada


Alice Franco at the 2017 Traversée internationale du Lac St-Jean in Quebec, Canada

2015 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Series

1st race - 7 February - La Patagones Viedma (Argentina), part of Maraton Patagones-Viedma International Open Water Swim
2nd race - 13 March - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
3rd race - 18 April - New Caledonia, France
4th race - 2 May - Cancún (Mexico)
5th race - 20 June - Balatonfured, Hungary
6th race - 27 June - Setúbal Bay (Portugal)
7th race - 23 July - Lac St-Jean (Canada), part of the Traversee international du Lac St-Jean
8th race - 31 July - Lac Magog (Canada), part of the Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog
9th race - 8 August - Lac Mégantic (Canada), part of the Traversee international du Lac Mégantic
10th race - 12 October - Chun'an (China)
11th race - 17 October - Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

FINA Open Water Swim World Events

The lake is also site of the FINA Open Water Swim World Events, a one-loop race series held before the FINA World Cup races for amateur and masters swimmers.

1st race - 6 February - La Patagones Viedma (Argentina), part of Maraton Patagones-Viedma International Open Water Swim
2nd race - 18 June - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
3rd race - 23 July - Lac St-Jean (Canada), part of the Traversee international du Lac St-Jean
4th race - 12 August - Lac Mégantic (Canada), part of the Traversee international du Lac Mégantic
5th race - 9 October - Chun'an (China)
6th race - 16 October - Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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