[SIMPLE] Paddle River Natural Area

Paddle River Natural Area encompasses a rolling upland aspen forest and is located about 50 km northwest of Lake Wabamun.


Paddle River Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Paddle River Site Map (Government of Alberta)

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


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. Paddle River – Wikipedia
  2. Barrhead – Paddle River – Flood Hazard Study – Summary

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