[SIMPLE] Verdigris Coulee Natural Area (PNT)

Flowing southeast towards the Milk River from the Verdigris Lake, this NA protects the confluence at the Milk River. This PNT, located about 12 km north of the US/Canadian border, adjoins the central portion of Writing on Stone PP.

Screen capture from the SAPAA-Google Map of Verdigris Coulee NA.
Screen capture from the SAPAA-Google Map of Verdigris Coulee NA.

Map of the Area

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Other Information

Green Crystalline Substance is found at Verdigris Lake and is the origin of lake and coulee’s names [1]. Verdigris is the common name for blue-green, poisonous, copper-based pigment [2].

WHAT IS A COULEE? Coulee is a term applied rather loosely to different landforms that refer to a kind of valley or drainage zone. The word coulee comes from the Canadian French coulĂ©e, from the French couler meaning ‘to flow’ [3].

Site Statistics

Site NameVerdigris Coulee (PNT)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedgrass
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)398
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area761.62 ha. (1882.00 ac.)
Recreation Activities
Operated By
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Verdigris Coulee (PNT) 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 the Government of Alberta (All links accessed on 2023-02-18).

  1. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006; p. 337.
  2. Verdigris – Wikipedia.
  3. Coulee – Wikipedia.

Further Reading

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