Spillimacheen River

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

Spillimacheen River
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Physical characteristics
  locationNear Glacier National Park
MouthColumbia River
50°55′N 116°24′W[1]
784 m (2,572 ft)[2]
Length118 km (73 mi)[3]
Basin size1,430 km2 (550 sq mi)[4]
  average35 m3/s (1,200 cu ft/s)[4]
  minimum2 m3/s (71 cu ft/s)
  maximum311 m3/s (11,000 cu ft/s)


The Spillimacheen River originates just east of Glacier National Park.[4] 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).[4]

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.[4] The dam was built in 1955.[3]

See also


  1. "Spillimacheen River". BC Geographical Names.
  2. Mouth elevation derived from Google Earth search using BCGNIS source coordinates slightly adjusted to match mouth location
  3. "The Rivers - Stories". Balance of Power. 2007. Archived from the original on November 6, 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2008.
  4. "Spillimacheen Project Water Use Plan" (PDF). BC Hydro. 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 16, 2006. Retrieved September 3, 2008.

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