Alberta's River Basins

Hay River Basin Peace/Slave River Basin Athabasca River Basin Beaver River Basin North Saskatchewan River Basin Milk River Basin Oldman River Sub Basin Bow River Sub Basin Red Deer River Sub Basin South Saskatchewan River Sub Basin

Alberta's Seven Main River Basins

NOTICE: Please visit NEW Alberta’s River Basins website.
This website will be removed in the fall of 2016.

Alberta Rivers app icon   Data and advisories now also available through the Alberta Rivers app for iOS and Android.

Data content on the Alberta Basins website has changed. Data is higher-resolution (with values every 15 minutes where available), more current, and is displayed in current time (daylight or standard, depending on the season).


  1. First select a Water Basin by either clicking the water basin on the map OR by selecting the water basin from this list. Then go to #2. to select the type information want to see for the selected water basin.

  2. Next, after the water basin has been selected, select the type of information you want to see. Then click View Result.

    The Athabasca River originates in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. The river flows northeast through the province, past the urban centres of Jasper, Hinton, Whitecourt, Athabasca and Fort McMurray prior to emptying into Lake Athabasca. Flows from the basin eventually make their way to the Arctic Ocean. At Jasper, Athabasca and Fort McMurray the mean annual discharge is 2,790,000 dam3, 13,600,000 dam3 and 20,860,000 dam3, respectively. The drainage areas at Jasper, Athabasca and Fort McMurray is 3,880 km2, 74,600 km2 and 133,000 km2 respectively. The Athabasca River Basin includes the McLeod, Pembina and Clearwater rivers.



Partner sites containing Real-time and Archived Hydrometric and Meteorogical Data for rivers in Alberta and Canada:
Water Survey of Canada: Real-time Hydrometric Data
Meteorlogical Services of Canada (MSC): Climate Data
AgroClimatic Information Service (ACIS): Current Weather Conditions, Climate Data, Climate Maps
Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) Wildfire Status

Updated: May 16, 2014


For technical enquires about this web page please contact Alberta Environment - Environmental Management Water Management Operations Branch at AENV-WebWS@gov.ab.ca