Raft River (British Columbia)

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Raft River
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
 - right West Raft River
Source Columbia Mountains
Mouth North Thompson River
 - location east of Clearwater, Thompson Country
 - elevation 400 m (1,312 ft) [1]
 - coordinates 51°37′55″N 119°59′32″W / 51.63194°N 119.99222°W / 51.63194; -119.99222Coordinates: 51°37′55″N 119°59′32″W / 51.63194°N 119.99222°W / 51.63194; -119.99222 [2]
Length 78 km (48 mi) [3]
Basin 764 km2 (295 sq mi) [4]
Discharge for mouth
 - average 15.2 m3/s (537 cu ft/s) [4]
 - max 142 m3/s (5,015 cu ft/s)
 - min 0.283 m3/s (10 cu ft/s)

The Raft River is a tributary of the North Thompson River, one of the main tributaries of the Fraser River, in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It flows through the Shuswap Highland region southeast of Wells Gray Provincial Park. Most of the Raft River's watershed lies outside the boundaries of Wells Gray, except for some of the headwaters of the West Raft River tributary.


The Raft River originates in the Columbia Mountains between Wells Gray Provincial Park and the North Thompson River, south of the Blue River and southwest of the town of Blue River. It flows generally south through the Shuswap Highland to join the North Thompson River just east of Clearwater.

As the Raft River flows south it is joined by tributaries such as Richie Creek, Stratton Creek, Maxwell Creek, West Raft River, Blowhole Creek, Moilliet Creek, McCorvie Creek, and Willis Creek.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Elevation derived from ASTER Global Digital Elevation Model, using GeoLocator, and BCGNIS coordinates
  2. ^ "Raft River". BC Geographical Names. 
  3. ^ "Raft River Bank Stabilization and Instream Habitat Enhancement Project". Wildlife Habitat Council. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Archived Hydrometric Data Search". Water Survey of Canada. Archived from the original on 24 December 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2013.  Search for Station 08LB017 Raft River near Clearwater (1914–1958)
  5. ^ Course information in part from "Raft River, Canadian 1:50K topographic maps" (map). TopoQuest.com. Retrieved 24 August 2013.