Hay River (Canada)
|Mouth||Great Slave Lake at Hay River
|Length||702 kilometres (436 mi)|
|Source elevation||720 metres (2,360 ft)|
|Mouth elevation||156 metres (512 ft)|
|Avg. discharge||3,630,000 dam3 (2,940,000 acre·ft)|
|Basin area||48,200 square kilometres (18,600 sq mi)|
It originates in the muskeg of north western Alberta, flows west to British Columbia, then curves northward and returns to Alberta, where it follows a north-northeast course towards the Northwest Territories. After passing over two main waterfalls, the Alexandra Falls and Louise Falls, it flows through the town of Hay River and discharges into the Great Slave Lake. From there, its waters are carried to the Arctic Ocean by the Mackenzie River.
Hay River has a total length of 702 kilometres (436 mi) and a drainage area of 48,200 square kilometres (18,600 sq mi).
Tributaries of the Hay River are the Chinchaga River, Meander River (in South Slavey: Tahchee), Steen River, Melvin River and Little Hay River. The Hay River effectively flows through the Hay-Zama Lakes. Rainbow Lake is a widening of the river itself.
Communities in the Hay River basin include Rainbow Lake, Zama City, Steen River, Indian Cabins (in South Slavey: Dzêtú) in Alberta and Enterprise and the homonymous Hay River in the Northwest Territories. There are two first nations communities in the river basin: Chateh and Meander River.
At the Alberta – Northwest Territories border, the annual discharge is 3,630,000 cubic decametres (2,940,000 acre·ft). The only official campground along the river is at the 60th Parallel Campground.
- Shekilie River
- White Spruce Creek
- Sahcho Creek
- Townsoitoi Creek
- Little Hay River
- Fire Creek
- Zama Lake
- Adair Creek
- Chinchaga River
- Negus Creek
- Henderson Creek
- Meander River
- Adair Creek
- Melvin River
- Slavey Creek
- Roe River
- Lutose Creek
- Little Rapids Creek
- Steen River
- Dizzy Creek
- James Creek
- Lessard Creek
- Jackpot Creek
- List of rivers of Alberta
- List of rivers of the Northwest Territories
- List of longest rivers of Canada