Sheep River (Alberta)

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Sheep River
Sheep River gorge.jpg
The gorge of the Sheep River west of Turner Valley
Location
Country Canada
Physical characteristics
Source 
 - 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)
Mouth 
 - 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)
Discharge 
 - 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.

Tributaries[edit]

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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