Battle River from Alberta Highway 14
|Mouth||North Saskatchewan River at North Battleford
|Basin countries||Alberta Saskatchewan Canada|
|Length||570 km (350 mi)|
|Source elevation||849 m (2,785 ft)|
|Mouth elevation||463 m (1,519 ft)|
|Basin area||30,300 square kilometres (11,700 sq mi)|
The Battle River flows for 570 kilometres (350 mi) and has a total drainage area of 30,300 square kilometres (11,700 sq mi). The mean discharge is 10 m³/s at its mouth.
The river did not gain its current name until relatively recently. When Anthony Henday passed through the region in the 1750s, he did not mention a river with this name. But by 1793 Peter Fidler mentions arriving at the "Battle or Fighting River", likely so named because of the beginning of a period of rivalry between the Iron Confederacy (Cree and Assinoboine) and the Blackfoot Confederacy.
Big Knife Provincial Park is established along the river, between Donalda and Forestburg. Other communities located on the river include Ponoka, Wetaskiwin, Camrose, New Norway, Edberg, Rosalind, Duhamel, Forestburg, Galahad, Alliance, Hardisty, Wainwright, Marsden, Lashburn, Waseca, Maidstone and Paynton.
- 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, Soda Lake) are developed in the Battle River hydrographic basin.
- List of rivers of Alberta
- List of rivers of Saskatchewan
- Battle River No. 438, Saskatchewan, rural municipality
- Atlas of Canada - Rivers in Canada
- MacDonald, p 8.
- Battle River Watershed Alliance - designated Watershed Planning and Advisory Council
- Fish Species of Saskatchewan