Battle River

Coordinates: 52°42′42″N 108°15′13″W / 52.71167°N 108.25361°W / 52.71167; -108.25361
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Battle River
North Saskatchewan River drainage basin
Battle River is located in Saskatchewan
Battle River
Location of mouth in Saskatchewan
Battle River is located in Canada
Battle River
Battle River (Canada)
  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan
Physical characteristics
SourceBattle Lake
 • locationAlberta
 • coordinates52°56′57″N 114°08′41″W / 52.94917°N 114.14472°W / 52.94917; -114.14472
 • elevation849 m (2,785 ft)
MouthNorth Saskatchewan River
 • location
Battleford, Saskatchewan
 • coordinates
52°42′42″N 108°15′13″W / 52.71167°N 108.25361°W / 52.71167; -108.25361
 • elevation
463 m (1,519 ft)
Length570 km (350 mi)
Basin size30,300 km2 (11,700 sq mi)
 • average10 m3/s (350 cu ft/s)

Battle River is a river in central Alberta and western Saskatchewan, Canada. It is a major tributary of the North Saskatchewan River.[3][4]

The Battle River flows for 570 kilometres (350 mi) and has a total drainage area of 30,300 km2 (11,700 sq mi). The mean discharge is 10 m³/s at its mouth.[5]


The river is said to be named for a battle that took place between the Cree and the Blackfoot.[6]


Fabyan Trestle Bridge over the Battle River Valley near Wainwright

The headwaters of Battle River is Battle Lake in west-central Alberta, east of Winfield. The river meanders through Alberta eastward into Saskatchewan, where it discharges into the North Saskatchewan River at Battleford. Over its course, the river flows through Ponoka and by Hardisty and Fabyan within Alberta. Big Knife Provincial Park is situated on the south bank of the river west of Highway 855, approximately 15 km (9.3 mi) southwest of Forestburg. The Fabyan Trestle Bridge crosses the river.


  • Sunny Creek
  • Wolf Creek
  • Pigeon Lake Creek
  • Stoney Creek
  • Pipestone Creek
  • Driedmeat Creek
  • Meeting Creek
  • Paintearth Creek
  • Castor Creek
  • Iron Creek
  • Ribstone Creek

Battle Lake, Samson Lake, Driedmeat Lake, and Big Knife Lake are formed along the river, and numerous other lakes (such as Pigeon Lake, Coal Lake, Bittern Lake, Vernon Lake, Ernest Lake, and Soda Lake) lie in the Battle River hydrographic basin.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Natural Resources Canada-Canadian Geographical Names (Battle River)". Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Atlas of Canada Toporama". Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Battle River Watershed". Battle River Watershed. Battle River Watershed Alliance. Retrieved 2 May 2023.
  4. ^ Oegema, Bart. "North Saskatchewan River". ESask. University of Regina. Retrieved 6 May 2024.
  5. ^ Atlas of Canada Archived 24 June 2021 at the Wayback Machine - Rivers in Canada
  6. ^ Place-names of Alberta. Ottawa: Geographic Board of Canada. 1928. p. 16.

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