Sturgeon River (Alberta)

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Sturgeon River
Sturgeon River in St. Albert
CitiesSt. Albert
Physical characteristics
 • locationHoople Lake, Alberta
 • elevation840 m (2,760 ft)
 • location
North Saskatchewan River
 • coordinates
53°46′05″N 113°10′15″W / 53.76806°N 113.17083°W / 53.76806; -113.17083Coordinates: 53°46′05″N 113°10′15″W / 53.76806°N 113.17083°W / 53.76806; -113.17083
 • elevation
600 m (2,000 ft)
Length260 km (160 mi)
Basin size3,301 km2 (1,275 sq mi)
 • average1 m3/s (35 cu ft/s)

The Sturgeon River is a 260-kilometre-long (160 mi) river located in central Alberta. It is a major tributary of the North Saskatchewan River. The river crosses Sturgeon County, which was named for this river. For much of its length, the Sturgeon is the northwestern-most major river in the Hudson Bay drainage basin, as the river runs close to and parallel to the Arctic Divide.

The Sturgeon River in St. Albert

At the Villeneuve station, Sturgeon River has a discharge of 0.4 to 3 m3/s.[1]

Fish species which may be found in the river include: walleye, pike, perch, burbot, goldeye, sturgeon, whitefish, and sauger.


The Sturgeon River originates about 90 kilometres (56 mi) west of Edmonton just west of Isle Lake. It flows east toward Edmonton and about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) northwest of Edmonton (near St. Albert) turns northeast after entering Big Lake. About 38 kilometres (24 mi) north-northeast of Edmonton (near Gibbons) it turns to the southeast. It enters the North Saskatchewan River at a point about 35 kilometres (22 mi) northeast of Edmonton and about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) northeast of Fort Saskatchewan.


Numerous lakes are found in the upper watershed, including Isle Lake, Lac Ste. Anne, Birch Lake, Sandy Lake, Deadman Lake, Matchayaw Lake, Gladu Lake, Atim Lake and Big Lake.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sturgeon River near Villeneuve Archived 2011-05-25 at the Wayback Machine from Alberta Environment River Basins in Alberta Archived 2007-01-16 at the Wayback Machine