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Hay River (Canada)

Hay River
Hay River
Origin Northern Alberta
Mouth Great Slave Lake at Hay River
Basin countries Canada
Length 702 kilometres (436 mi)
Source elevation 720 metres (2,360 ft)
Mouth elevation 156 metres (512 ft)
Avg. discharge 3,630,000 dam3 (2,940,000 acre·ft)
Basin area 48,200 square kilometres (18,600 sq mi)

The Hay River (in South Slavey: Kátå’odehche) is a large river in northern Alberta and southern Northwest Territories, Canada.

It originates in the muskeg of north western Alberta, flows west to British Columbia, then curves northward and returns to Alberta, where it follows a north-northeast course towards the Northwest Territories. After passing over two main waterfalls, the Alexandra Falls and Louise Falls, it flows through the town of Hay River and discharges into the Great Slave Lake. From there, its waters are carried to the Arctic Ocean by the Mackenzie River.

Hay River has a total length of 702 kilometres (436 mi) and a drainage area of 48,200 square kilometres (18,600 sq mi).[1]

Tributaries of the Hay River are the Chinchaga River, Meander River (in South Slavey: Tahchee), Steen River, Melvin River and Little Hay River. The Hay River effectively flows through the Hay-Zama Lakes. Rainbow Lake is a widening of the river itself.[2]

Communities in the Hay River basin include Rainbow Lake, Zama City, Steen River, Indian Cabins (in South Slavey: Dzêtú) in Alberta and Enterprise and the homonymous Hay River in the Northwest Territories. There are two first nations communities in the river basin: Chateh and Meander River.

At the Alberta – Northwest Territories border, the annual discharge is 3,630,000 cubic decametres (2,940,000 acre·ft).[3] The only official campground along the river is at the 60th Parallel Campground.


  • Tributaries 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


British Columbia
Northwest Territories

See also


  1. ^  
  2. ^ Flow North Paddling. "Trip Details". Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  3. ^ Environment Alberta - River Basins

External links

  •  "Hay River".  
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