Chilako 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 NE into Nechako River just W of Prince George, Cariboo Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 53°53'11''N, 122°58'41''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93G/15
Related Maps: 93F/9
93G/11
93G/12
93G/14
93G/15
93G/5

Origin Notes and History:

"Chilako River (not Chilacco River, nor Mud River)" adopted in the 15th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1917, as labelled on BC map 1G, 1916.

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

Spelled "Chilaccoh River" on Trutch's 1871 map of BC. "...from the Indian name Tsalakhoh, 'the river in the hands of the beaver'." (Souvenier's d'un missionnaire en Columbia Britannique, Father A.G. Morice, 1933, p.139)

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

Indian name meaning "mud" (15th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1917). [ The bridge built over this river was dubbed the "Mud River Bridge" because the banks in the vicinity of the bridge are 200' of soft mud; the nickname for the bridge probably resulted in the early misunderstanding of the meaning of the name Chilako. ]

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