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Smoky River
Smoky River east of GP.JPG
Frozen Smoky River south-east of Grande Prairie
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Physical characteristics
Main source Adolphus Lake
1,680 m (5,510 ft)
River mouth Peace River
315 m (1,033 ft)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    375 m3/s (13,200 cu ft/s)

The Smoky River is a river in western Alberta, Canada. It is a major tributary of the Peace River. The descriptive name refers to the presence of "smouldering beds of coal in the riverbank" noted by the Cree Indians.

It drains an area of 50,300 km2 (19,400 sq mi). From its headwaters to the Peace River, the Smoky River has a total length of 492 kilometres (306 mi) . The average discharge is 347 m3/s (12,300 cu ft/s).

Course

Smoky and Peace rivers
Confluence with Peace River

The Smoky River originates in the Canadian Rockies, in the northern area of Jasper National Park from Adolphus Lake (53.171N 119.117W). It then flows north east through the Willmore Wilderness Park until it passes near the town of Grande Cache. It continues north, passes Watino and merges into the Peace River south of the Town of Peace River, Alberta.

Tributaries

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