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Muskwa River
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Muskwa near Fort Nelson
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Physical characteristics
Main source Fern Lake, Muskwa Ranges
1,400 m (4,600 ft)
River mouth Fort Nelson River
305 m (1,001 ft)
Length 257 km (160 mi)
  • Average rate:
    213.7 m3/s (7,550 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 20,300 km2 (7,800 sq mi)

The Muskwa River flows 257 kilometres (160 mi) through northern British Columbia, Canada. It is a major tributary of the Fort Nelson River - part of the Mackenzie River system. The river rises at Fern Lake in the Bedaux Pass in the Northern Rocky Mountains. From there, it flows generally east, then north, and then east again to meet with the Fort Nelson River just east of the town of Fort Nelson. The river drops approximately 1,100 metres (3,600 ft), its course taking it down the Rocky Mountain foothills through sub-alpine and boreal forest to meander across the forest and muskegs of the vast Liard River plains. From mouth to headwater, prominent tributaries include the Prophet River, Tuchodi River, and Gathto Creek. Much of the upper portions of this wilderness river and its watershed are located in the Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park, which is part of the larger Muskwa-Kechika Management Area. The region is a popular wilderness recreation destination.

A geological unit, the Muskwa Formation, was named for this river, as are the Muskwa Ranges, which is the name for the subgroup of the Rocky Mountains between the Peace and Liard rivers.


  • Fern Lake
  • Crehan Creek
  • Reimer Creek
  • Wenger Creek
  • Pentreath Creek
  • Varrick Creek
  • Kluachesi Creek
  • Beckman Creek
  • Tuchodi River
  • Chlotapecta Creek
  • Chischa River
  • Tetsa River
  • Gairdner Creek
  • Steamboat Creek
  • Kledo Creek
  • Raspberry Creek
  • Miduski Creek
  • Akue Creek
  • Pouce Creek
  • Prophet River
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