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Spatsizi River

Spatsizi River
Spatsizi River is located in British Columbia
Spatsizi River
Location of the mouth of the Spatsizi River in BC
Physical characteristics
SourceMount Gunanoot
 • locationNear Spatsizi Headwaters Provincial Park
 • elevation1,900 m (6,200 ft)
MouthStikine River
 • location
Hyland Post
 • coordinates
57°42′27″N 128°06′11″W / 57.70750°N 128.10306°W / 57.70750; -128.10306[1]
Length132 km (82 mi)[2]
Basin size3,516 km2 (1,358 sq mi)[3]
 • average60.8 m3/s (2,150 cu ft/s)[3]

The Spatsizi River is a tributary of the Stikine River, rising near Mount Gunanoot in the southeastern Spatsizi Plateau, British Columbia.


"Spatsizi" is a phrase from the Sekani language meaning "red goat", a reference to the habit of mountain goats in the region of rolling in the red dust of a particular mountain, making their coat-hair red.


The Spatsizi River emerges near the foot of Mount Gunanoot in the Skeena Mountains of north-central British Columbia. It then flows downslope and enters Spatsizi Headwaters Provincial Park from the south. The river continues north, leaving the park to enter a broad valley in the heart of the Spatsizi Plateau. The flat-bottomed topography of the valley allows the river to meander considerably along much of its northwestward flow until it reaches the Stikine River in Stikine River Provincial Park.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Spatsizi River". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 2022-06-26.
  2. ^ Lehner, B., Verdin, K., Jarvis, A. (2008): New global hydrography derived from spaceborne elevation data. Eos, Transactions, AGU, 89(10): 93–94.
  3. ^ a b "Northwest Water Tool". BC Water Tool. GeoBC, Integrated Land Management Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, Government of British Columbia. Retrieved 2022-06-26.
  4. ^ "Management Direction Statement for Spatsizi Headwaters Provincial Park" (PDF). 2003-03-01. Retrieved 2020-10-23.

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