Smoky River

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Smoky River
Smoky River east of GP.JPG
Frozen Smoky River south-east of Grande Prairie
Origin Adolphus Lake
53°10′16″N 119°07′01″W / 53.17111°N 119.11694°W / 53.17111; -119.11694
Mouth Peace River
56°11′09″N 117°20′03″W / 56.18583°N 117.33417°W / 56.18583; -117.33417
Basin countries  Alberta  Canada
Source elevation 1,680 m (5,510 ft)
Mouth elevation 315 m (1,033 ft)

The Smoky River is a river in western Alberta, Canada. It is a major tributary of the Peace River. The descriptive name refers to the presence of "smouldering beds of coal in the riverbank" noted by the Cree Indians.[1]

Before merging with the Peace River, the Smoky River has an average discharge of 130 m3/s (4,600 cu ft/s)[2] or 11.1 km3/a, from a drainage area of 50,300 km2 (19,400 sq mi).[3] From its headwaters to the Peace River, the Smoky River has a total length of 492 kilometres (306 mi) .[4]


Confluence with Peace River

The Smoky River originates in the Canadian Rockies, in the northern area of Jasper National Park from Adolphus Lake (53.171N 119.117W). It then flows north through the Willmore Wilderness Park until it reaches the town of Grande Cache. It continues north and merges into the Peace River south of the Town of Peace River, Alberta.


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  1. ^ Aubrey, Merrily (1996). Place Names of Alberta. Volume IV. Northern Alberta. Calgary, Alberta: University of Calgary Press. p. 196. 
  2. ^ "Smoky River discharge at Watino". Alberta Environment. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Smoky Discharge Station". Arctic RIMS. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Principal rivers and their tributaries". Statistics Canada. Natural Resources Canada, GeoAccess Division. 2005-02-02. [dead link]