Sydenham River (Lake Saint Clair)

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This article is about the Ontario river by this name that flows into Lake St. Clair. For the Ontario river which flows into Georgian Bay, see Sydenham River (Lake Huron).

The Sydenham River is a river in Kent County, Lambton County and Middlesex County in southwestern Ontario, Canada, flowing southwest from its source west of London, Ontario and emptying into Lake Saint Clair. The length of the river is 165 kilometres (103 mi) and it drains a watershed of approximately 2,700 square kilometres. The river flows through the towns of Strathroy and Wallaceburg. It was named after Lord Sydenham, governor of Canada from 1839 to 1841.

Unusual concretions, composed of calcite, can be found near this river. These are known as "kettles" because they resemble the bottom of a large kettle.

Fish species[edit]

Because this river flows through a large agricultural area, its waters collect silt and fertilizer runoff. In spite of this, the river provides habitat for 80 fish species and 34 species of freshwater mussels; these include:

Nine mussel species considered as "endangered" nationally
Two fish species and one turtle subspecies considered to be "threatened"

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