Sheep River (Alberta)

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Sheep River
Sheep River gorge.jpg
The gorge of the Sheep River west of Turner Valley
Country Canada
Physical characteristics
 - locationElbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park
 - coordinates50°40′22″N 114°57′26″W / 50.67278°N 114.95736°W / 50.67278; -114.95736 (Sheep River Origin)
 - elevation2,100 meters (6,900 ft)
 - location
Highwood River
 - coordinates
50°44′24″N 113°51′17″W / 50.73998°N 113.85475°W / 50.73998; -113.85475 (Sheep River Mouth)Coordinates: 50°44′24″N 113°51′17″W / 50.73998°N 113.85475°W / 50.73998; -113.85475 (Sheep River Mouth)
 - elevation
983 meters (3,225 ft)
 - average6 m3/s (210 cu ft/s) (at Black Diamond)[1]

The Sheep River is located in southwestern Alberta, Canada, and is part of the Bow River watershed. The river begins in the mountain valleys of Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park,[2] passes through Sheep River Provincial Park, and joins with the Highwood River about 8 km east of Okotoks. The Sheep provides drinking water for the towns of Turner Valley, Black Diamond, and Okotoks.


From origin to mouth, the Sheep River receives water from the following tributaries:

  • Rae Creek (from Mount Rae)
  • Burns Creek
  • Cliff Creek
  • Junction Creek
  • Bluerock Creek
  • Gorge Creek
  • Dyson Creek
  • March Creek
  • Coal Creek
  • Wolf Creek
  • Long Prairie Creek
  • Macabee Creek
  • Waite Valley Creek
  • Lineham Creek
  • Turner Valley
  • Threepoint Creek
  • Spring Creek
  • Wilson Coulee

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