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Spillimacheen River
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Physical characteristics
Main source Near Glacier National Park
River mouth Columbia River
Spillimacheen
784 m (2,572 ft)
Length 118 km (73 mi)
Discharge
  • Minimum rate:
    2 m3/s (71 cu ft/s)
  • Average rate:
    35 m3/s (1,200 cu ft/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    311 m3/s (11,000 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 1,430 km2 (550 sq mi)

The Spillimacheen River is a tributary of the Columbia River in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Course

The Spillimacheen River originates just east of Glacier National Park. Flowing southeast, it collects the waters of several tributaries, including Baird Branch, McMurda Creek, and its main tributary, Bobbie Burns Creek, before emptying into the Columbia River near the community of Spillimacheen. The river descends over 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) over 80 kilometres (50 mi).

Spillimacheen Dam

Spillimacheen Dam is a run-of-river dam on the Spillimacheen River, about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) above the river's confluence with the Columbia. The dam was built in 1955.

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