Spillimacheen River

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Spillimacheen River
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Source
 - location Near Glacier National Park
Mouth Columbia River
 - location Spillimacheen
 - elevation 784 m (2,572 ft) [1]
 - coordinates 50°55′N 116°24′W / 50.917°N 116.400°W / 50.917; -116.400Coordinates: 50°55′N 116°24′W / 50.917°N 116.400°W / 50.917; -116.400 [2]
Length 118 km (73 mi) [3]
Basin 1,430 km2 (552 sq mi) [4]
Discharge
 - average 35 m3/s (1,236 cu ft/s) [4]
 - max 311 m3/s (10,983 cu ft/s)
 - min 2 m3/s (71 cu ft/s)

The Spillimacheen River is a tributary of the Columbia River in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Course[edit]

The Spillimacheen River originates just east of Glacier National Park.[4] Flowing southeast, it collects the waters of several tributaries, including Baird Branch, McMurda Creek, and its main tributary, Bobbie Burns Creek, before emptying into the Columbia River near the community of Spillimacheen. The river descends over 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) over 80 kilometres (50 mi).[4]

Spillimacheen Dam[edit]

Spillimacheen Dam is a run-of-river dam on the Spillimacheen River, about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) above the river's confluence with the Columbia.[4] The dam was built in 1955.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mouth elevation derived from Google Earth search using BCGNIS source coordinates slightly adjusted to match mouth location
  2. ^ "Spillimacheen River". BC Geographical Names. 
  3. ^ a b "The Rivers - Stories". Balance of Power. 2007. Retrieved September 3, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Spillimacheen Project Water Use Plan" (PDF). BC Hydro. 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 16, 2006. Retrieved September 3, 2008.