Kotaneelee River

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Kotaneelee River
Origin La Biche Range
60°49′15″N 124°31′57″W / 60.82087°N 124.53263°W / 60.82087; -124.53263 (Kotaneelee River origin)
Mouth Liard River
60°10′50″N 123°42′02″W / 60.18062°N 123.70048°W / 60.18062; -123.70048 (Kotaneelee River mouth)Coordinates: 60°10′50″N 123°42′02″W / 60.18062°N 123.70048°W / 60.18062; -123.70048 (Kotaneelee River mouth)
Basin countries  Canada
Source elevation 1,600 meters (5,200 ft)
Mouth elevation 230 meters (750 ft)
Left tributaries Chinkeh Creek

The Kotaneelee River is a river in the Northwest territories of Canada. It is a tributary of the Liard River.

It gives the name to the Kotaneelee Formation, a stratigraphical unit of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.


The Kotaneelee River originates in the Yukon Territory, just west of the Northern Territories border, on the eastern slopes of the La Biche Range, at an elevation of 1,600 meters (5,200 ft). It flows west into the Northern Territories, then south-east between the La Biche Range and the Northern Kotaneelee Range. It turns again eastwards and separates the Northern and Southern Kotaneelee Ranges. After receiving the waters of the Chinkeh Creek, it turns south and flows parallel and to the west of the Liard Range of the Franklin Mountains. It turns around Mount Pointed and heads east, passing north of Mount Martin and south of Fisherman Lake before it flows into the Liard River, 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) upstream from Fort Liard, at an elevation of 230 meters (750 ft).


  • Chinkeh Creek - left tributary

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