Trout River (Northwest Territories)

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Trout River
Trout River rapids close to Sambaa Deh Falls Mackenzie Highway, NWT.jpg
Rapids on Trout River, from Mackenzie Highway
Origin Trout Lake
60°44′18″N 121°08′51″W / 60.73833°N 121.14756°W / 60.73833; -121.14756 (Trout River origin)Coordinates: 60°44′18″N 121°08′51″W / 60.73833°N 121.14756°W / 60.73833; -121.14756 (Trout River origin)
Mouth Mackenzie River
61°18′15″N 119°50′40″W / 61.30423°N 119.84453°W / 61.30423; -119.84453 (Trout River mouth)
Basin countries  Canada
 Northwest Territories
Source elevation 490 meters (1,610 ft)
Mouth elevation 145 meters (476 ft)

Trout River is a river in the Northwest Territories of Canada. It is a major tributary of the Mackenzie River.

The river gives the name to the Trout River Formation, a stratigraphical unit of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.


It originates in Trout Lake, at an elevation of 490 meters (1,610 ft). It flows north and then east, through occasional rapids, receiving the waters from several creeks and lakes. The course becomes meandered before it is crossed by the Mackenzie Highway, where the river turns sharply west, then north. It continues through a 60 meters (200 ft) deep canyon, then empties into the Mackenzie River, 60 kilometers (37 mi) downstream from Jean Marie River and 95 kilometers (59 mi) upstream from Mills Lake, at an elevation of 145 meters (476 ft).