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Sturgeon River
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Sturgeon River in St. Albert
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Cities St. Albert
Physical characteristics
Main source Hoople Lake, Alberta
840 m (2,760 ft)
River mouth North Saskatchewan River
600 m (2,000 ft)
Length 260 km (160 mi)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    1 m3/s (35 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 3,301 km2 (1,275 sq mi)

The Sturgeon River is a 260 km (160 mi)-long river located in central Alberta, it is a major tributary of the North Saskatchewan River. The river crosses Sturgeon County, which was named for this river.

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The Sturgeon River in St. Albert

At the Villeneuve station, Sturgeon River has a discharge of 0.4 to 3 m3/s.

Fish species which may be found in the river include: walleye, pike, perch, burbot, goldeye, sturgeon, whitefish, and sauger.

Course

The Sturgeon River originates about 90 kilometres (56 mi) west of Edmonton just west of Isle Lake. It flows east toward Edmonton and about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) northwest of Edmonton (near St. Albert) turns northeast. About 38 kilometres (24 mi) north-northeast of Edmonton (near Gibbons) it turns to the southeast. It enters the North Saskatchewan River at a point about 35 kilometres (22 mi) northeast of Edmonton and about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) northeast of Fort Saskatchewan.

Tributaries

  • Rivière Qui Barre
  • Atim Creek
  • Little Egg Creek

Numerous lakes are found in the upper watershed, including Isle Lake, Lac Ste. Anne, Birch Lake, Sandy Lake, Deadman Lake, Matchayaw Lake, Gladu Lake, Atim Lake and Big Lake.

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