Trout River Formation

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Trout River Formation
Stratigraphic range: Late Devonian
Type Geological formation
Underlies Tetcho Formation
Overlies Kakisa Formation
Fort Simpson Formation
Thickness up to 91 metres (300 ft)[1]
Primary Limestone
Other Shale, siltstone
Coordinates 61°13′N 119°54′W / 61.22°N 119.90°W / 61.22; -119.90 (Trout River Formation)Coordinates: 61°13′N 119°54′W / 61.22°N 119.90°W / 61.22; -119.90 (Trout River Formation)
Region  Northwest Territories
 British Columbia
Country  Canada
Type section
Named for Trout River
Named by C.H. Crickmay, 1953

The Trout River Formation is a stratigraphical unit of Late Devonian age in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.

It takes the name from the Trout River, and was first described on the banks of the river, 35 kilometres (22 mi) upstream from the Mackenzie River, by C.H. Crickmay in 1953.[2][3]


The Trout River Formation is composed bedded limestone (top), silty limestone and shale (middle), silty limestone and calcareous siltstone (base). [1]

Brachiopod and coral paleo-fauna can be found in outcrops.


The Trout River Formation reaches a maximum thickness of 91 metres (300 ft).[1] It occurs in the District of Mackenzie in outcrop and dips south into the Fort Nelson area in north-eastern British Columbia.

Relationship to other units[edit]

The Trout River Formation is conformably overlain by the Tetcho Formation and disconformably overlays the Kakisa Formation.[1] In its western extent, it overlies and grades into the Fort Simpson Formation.

It is equivalent to the Sassenach Formation in the central Alberta Rockies, with the Graminia Formation in central Alberta, the Crowfoot Formation in southern Alberta, the Torquay Formation in Saskatchewan and Lyleton Formation in Manitoba.


  1. ^ a b c d Lexicon of Canadian Geologic Units. "Trout River Formation". Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  2. ^ Crickmay, C.H., 1953. New Spiriferidae from the Devonian of western Canada. Pub. by author, Imperial Oil Limited, Calgary, 11p.
  3. ^ Crickmay, C.H., 1957. Elucidation of some Western Canada Devonian Formations; published by the author, Imperial Oil Limited, Calgary, Alberta, 14 p.