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Chilko River
Chilko River, Lava Canyon.jpg
Chilko River and cliffs made of lava flows and ash beds from former extensive volcanic activity in this region.
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Physical characteristics
Main source Chilko Lake
Chilcotin Plateau
1,166 m (3,825 ft)
River mouth Chilcotin River
Upstream from Bull Canyon
739 m (2,425 ft)
Length 75 km (47 mi)
Basin features
Basin size 6,880 km2 (2,660 sq mi)

The Chilko River is a 75-kilometre-long (47 mi) river in the Chilcotin District of the Central Interior of British Columbia, Canada, flowing northeast from Chilko Lake to the Chilcotin River. Its main tributary is the Taseko River.

The Chilko is the Chilcotin River's main tributary. In fact at their confluence the Chilko River is quite a bit larger than the Chilcotin. It is also the main reason why the lower reaches of the Chilcotin are very silty. The Chilko gets most of its silt from the Taseko River, which joins it a few kilometers above the Chilko's mouth.

Name origin

The name derives from the Chilcotin language name Tŝilhqóx, meaning "ochre river". The related name of the Chilcotin River is from that of the Tsilhqot'in people, meaning "people of the ochre river".

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