[MEDIUM] Battle River Natural Area (PNT)

[HT: I think this should be rewritten to concentrate on the westerly region; don’t think Battle Lake is the source; I actually do have a bunch of photos of this. ]

[FP: See my notes below. Unfortunately not a lot of information on this site. I am making this page more social-historical so it can be a reference for the nearby sites without repetition. Email me your pics if you don’t want to do the upload; are there enough for a slide show?]

The Battle River stretches across more than half of central Alberta. It starts southwest of Pigeon Lake and drains into the North Saskatchewan at North Battleford, Saskatchewan.

Shannon1, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
North Saskatchewan basin map (Shannon1, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons) [1]

Map of the Area

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Other Information

The site is located approximately 50km west of the Alberta/Saskatchewan border and southwest of Lloydminister.

Battle River is so named because of the beginning of a period of rivalry between the Iron Confederacy (Cree and Assiniboine) and the Blackfoot Confederacy. It was named as such on a map from 1802 and had a variety of names from different First Nations [1].

Battle River Basin, with its headwaters in Battle Lake, drains an area of 25 000 km2. Battle Lake Natural Area and Battle Lake South Natural Area (PNT) are on this lake. From here, the river flows southeast, collects water from Pigeon Lake Creek, turns northeast at the town of Ponoka and then receives water from Coal Lake. The river joins the North Saskatchewan near the city of North Battleford [2].

[FP, Sorry Hubert but sources point to Battle Lake as the headwaters, Wikipedia and Battler River Watershed. If you can find an authoritative source contradicting these references, let’s add. In the meantime, we will go with the common understanding.]

Site Statistics

Site NameBattle River (PNT)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Central Parkland
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)148
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area128.15 ha. (316.65 ac.)
Recreation Activities
Operated By
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Battle River (PNT)


The following links are provided as a courtesy but are not verified or endorsed by SAPAA. Clicking on the link will cause you to leave the SAPAA website. Primary source of information is: Government of Alberta. All websites accessed 2022-11-19.

  1. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006; p. 21.
  2. Mitchell, Patricia, and E. E. Prepas. “Atlas of Alberta Lakes.” Edmonton, Alberta: University of Alberta Press, 1990, p. 335.

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