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Chinchaga River in Alberta

Chinchaga is a river in north-western Alberta. It is a tributary of the Hay River. Through the Hay River, its waters are carried to the Arctic Ocean via Great Slave Lake and Mackenzie River. The name Chinchaga is First Nations, and means "Big Wood River". Much of the Chinchaga watershed burned in 1950 during the Chinchaga fire.


Chinchaga River originates in the Chinchaga Lakes, a series of small lakes in the muskeg of north-eastern British Columbia, at an elevation of 795 m. It flows east into Alberta, then continues north-east until west of Keg River, where it turns north. It merges into the Hay River between Zama Lake and High Level, at an altitude of 325 m. A series of oxbow lakes are formed on the lower course. The approximate length of the river is 500 km, and the average discharge at its confluence with Hay River is 30 m³/s.


Chinchaga River near Highway 58
  • Lennard Creek
  • Tanghe Creek
  • Werniuck Creek
  • Sloat Creek
  • Vader Creek
  • Thordarson Creek
  • Waniandy Creek
  • Haro River
  • Haig River
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