Kelsall River

Feature Type:River - Watercourse of variable size, which has tributaries and flows into a body of water or a larger watercourse.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows SE across BC-Alaska boundary into Chilkat River, E of Tatshenshini River, Cassiar Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 59°37'24''N, 136°15'37''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 114P/9
Related Maps: 114P/15
114P/16
114P/9

Origin Notes and History:

"Kelsall River (not Bear, Glave, Tschilkat nor West fork of Chilkat)" adopted in the 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Labelled "Chilkat River" on 1899 BC Lands map "Sketch map of part of Cassiar District shewing Atlin Gold Fields." Also spelled "Tschilkat River". Labelled "West Fork Chilkat River" on other early maps. Labelled "Bear River" on BC Lands' map 1H, 1917.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

After R. Kelsall, member of BC-Yukon boundary survey party, 1908; the first person to define the outlet of the river.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Headwaters at 59 48-136 34 on 114 P/15.

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa