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See also: Black Sturgeon River (Kenora District)
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Black Sturgeon River
Black Sturgeon River (Thunder Bay District) is located in Ontario
Black Sturgeon River (Thunder Bay District)
Location of the mouth of the Black Sturgeon River in Ontario.
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Northwestern Ontario
District Thunder Bay
Physical characteristics
Main source Black Sturgeon Lake
251 m (823 ft)
River mouth Lake Superior
180 m (590 ft)
Length 72 km (45 mi)
Basin features
River system Lake Superior drainage basin
  • Right:
    Nonwatin River

The Black Sturgeon River is a river in Thunder Bay District, Northwestern Ontario, Canada, located west of the Nipigon River, that flows to Lake Superior.


Black Sturgeon River Provincial Park is a waterway park and occupies the land from Black Sturgeon Dam north to and including the lands around Black Sturgeon Lake. In 1959, a dam was constructed on the Black Sturgeon river. Originally, this was done in order to control water levels, yet it also ended up preventing access to the upper reaches of the river. Many speculated that this construction is what led to the collapse of the most common fish type in the area, the walleye.


The river begins at Black Sturgeon Lake, southwest of Lake Nipigon, and flows southeast over the Split Rapids to Nonwatin Lake where the right tributary Nonwatin River and left tributary Ferguson Creek join. It turns south, passes Mount Magee on the left, and continues southeast over the Gardener Rapids and Black Sturgeon Dam, and further downstream heads under Ontario Highway 11 / Ontario Highway 17, the Canadian National Railway line and the Canadian Pacific Railway mainline at the settlement of Everard. The Black Sturgeon turns abruptly southwest and reaches its mouth at Black Bay on Lake Superior, about 6 kilometres (4 mi) southeast of the community of Hurkett.


The river valley and Black Sturgeon Lake follow a major fault line, the Black Sturgeon Fault, which runs north–south. The valley also contains sills with columnar jointing which are related to the Midcontinent Rift System.


  • Moseau Creek (left)
  • Shillabeer Creek (right)
  • Larson Creek (left)
  • Scooper Creek (right)
  • Mound Creek (left)
  • Nonwatin River (right)
  • Ferguson Creek (left)
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