Paddle River Natural Area

This Natural Area is located about 15 km southwest of the Paddle River dam which was constructed near the settlement of Rochfort Bridge in 1986. The NA encompasses mostly rolling upland aspen forest.

Topographical map of Paddle River Natural Area and location relative to the Paddle River Dam (about 17 KM east). Image courtesy of
Topographical map of Paddle River Natural Area and location relative to the Paddle River Dam (about 17 km east). Image courtesy of

Map of the Area

Any maps and map views are for general information only. Do not rely on them for navigation or to determine legal boundaries.

Other Information

Paddle River is Descriptive. This short river, known as Pimiskāw sīpiy (Paddle River) by the Cree, was 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. The river joins the Pembina and is part of the Athabasca River Basin [1].

Headwaters of the Paddle River are in the Paddle River Natural Area. Flooding on the river has been regulated by the Paddle River Dam since its completion in 1986. The structure is operated as a flood control dam [2].

Site Statistics

Site NamePaddle River
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Central Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)951/75
PASite ID (Map Ref #)475
Site # (Parks Website)557
Total Area64.45 ha. (159.25 ac.)
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Paddle River Natural Area
Paddle River Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Paddle River Site Map (Government of Alberta)


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: Information & Facilities – Paddle River Natural Area | Alberta Parks (All links accessed on 2023-01-12).

  1. Wikipedia, Paddle River
  2. Alberta Government, Summary: Barrhead – Paddle River – Flood Hazard Study

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