Wapiti River

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Wapiti River
Wapiti River in western Canada
Origin Tuck Lake, Wapiti Pass
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Mouth Smoky River
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Basin countries  Canada
Source elevation 1,370 m (4,490 ft)
Mouth elevation 485 m (1,591 ft)
Avg. discharge 100 m3/s (3,500 cu ft/s)

The Wapiti River is a river in eastern British Columbia and western Alberta, Canada. It is a major tributary of the Smoky River, located in the southern area of the Peace River Basin.

Wapiti is named after the Cree word for elk (waapiti).

Course

Wapiti River crossed by Highway 40 south of Grande Prairie

Wapiti River originates as the outflow of Tuck Lake, east of Wapiti Pass, in Wapiti Lake Provincial Park, west-central British Columbia, in the Canadian Rockies. It then runs in a north-eastern direction, crosses into Alberta, where it becomes more meandered as it continues through the County of Grande Prairie No. 1. It merges into the Smoky River 30 kilometres (19 mi) east of Grande Prairie.

From west to east, Wapiti River flows through the alpine environment of the Rocky Mountains, the rolling foothills, then farmlands and aspen parkland in western Alberta. Wapiti Lake Provincial Park, Bear River Park, O'Brien Provincial Park and Pipestone Creek Park[1] are protected areas along the river.

Close to its mouth, Wapiti has an average discharge of 100 cubic metres per second (3,500 cu ft/s).[2]

Tributaries and crossings

Tributary/Crossing Location Remarks
Tuck Lake Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Originates from Tuck Lake in Wapiti Pass
Wapiti Lake Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Flows into Wapiti Lake
Wapiti Lake Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Flows from Wapiti Lake
Wapiti Lake Provincial Park Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Leaves Park
Fearless Creek Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Left tributary, also waters of Dokken Creek
Calliou Creek Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Left tributary
Red Deer Creek Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Right tributary
Belcourt Creek Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Right tributary
Mistanusk Creek Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Right tributary, from Boundary Lake
Alberta/British Columbia Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Crosses into the province of Alberta
Chinook Creek Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Right tributary, from Chinook Ridge
Narraway River Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Right tributary
Lingrell Creek Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Right tributary, from Lingrell Lake
Nose Creek Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Right tributary
Calahoo Creek Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Left tributary
Smith Creek Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Left tributary
Pinto Creek Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Right tributary
West Iroquois Creek Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Right tributary
Iroquois Creek Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Right tributary
Redwillow River Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Left tributary, carries waters from Beaverlodge River as well
Pipestone Creek Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Left tributary
Spring Creek Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Left tributary
Highway 40 Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Crossed by road bridge
Big Mountain Creek Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Right tributary
Grande Prairie-Grande Cache Railway Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Crossed by railway bridge
Bear River Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Left tributary
Smoky River Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Empties into the Smoky River as left tributary

See also

References