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 North Saskatchewan River Basin covers about 80,000 km2 of the province. The basin begins in the icefields of Banff and Jasper National Parks and generally flows in an eastward direction to the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. The Brazeau, Nordegg, Ram, Clearwater, Sturgeon and Vermilion rivers flow into the North Saskatchewan River within Alberta. The Battle River also forms part of the North Saskatchewan Basin and joins with the North Saskatchewan River in Saskatchewan. There are two large dams located in the basin. The Big Horn Dam on the North Saskatchewan River creates Lake Abraham. The Brazeau Reservoir is created by the Brazeau Dam, located on the Brazeau River. Major centres within the basin include Drayton Valley, Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan and the Saddle Lake Indian Reserve. The mean annual discharge from the basin in Alberta into Saskatchewan is over seven billion m3.



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