Paddle River

Paddle River

river_name = Paddle River

image_size = 280px
caption = The Paddle River near Barrhead, Alberta
origin = Paddle River Headwaters
mouth = Pembina River
basin_countries = flag|Alberta CAN
length =
elevation = m to ft|896|abbr=yes
mouth_elevation = m to ft|627|abbr=yes
discharge =
watershed =

The Paddle River is a short river in west-central Alberta, Canada. The river is named because of its slow speed. During the fur trade era, a canoe could be easily "paddled" up the river, in contrast to the more arduous task of ascending a swifter river like the Pembina River that required poling or tracking. [Harrison, Tracey. "Place Names of Alberta, Volume III: Central Alberta," (Calgary: University of Calgary, 1994), 191.]


The river generally flows in an eastward direction from its headwaters, although there are significant meanders and a large number of oxbow lakes along its course. It passes near the town of Sangudo, and brushes the municipality of Barrhead before joining the Pembina River. It is bridged by many secondary highways, as well as Alberta Highway 43 and Alberta Highway 33.


Throughout the history of European settlement along the Paddle River, flooding has been been a constant issue. Both farmers and ranchers were attracted to the floodplain of the river due to the high quality of its soils. As human settlement increased, the economic costs associated with flooding became much more pronounced. Residents of the area eventually formed the 'Paddle River Drainage Association' to petition the provincial government for flood control. ["The Edmonton Journal," 20 April 1965.] The Alberta Government eventually constructed a dam on the river to mitigate some of the worst effects of the flooding.


*Little Paddle River
*Romeo Creek
*Connor Creek
*Maxwell Lake
*Kipp Lake
*Neville Lake

ee also

*List of Alberta rivers



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