Elk 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 S through Elkford, Sparwood & Fernie, then SW into Lake Koocanusa, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°10'44''N, 115°10'12''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82G/3
Related Maps:
82G/10 82G/11 82G/15 82G/3
82G/6 82J/10 82J/11 82J/2
82J/7

Origin Notes and History:

Elk River adopted in the 2nd Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1900, as labelled on Palliser's Expedition Map 1857-58. Originally described as "tributary to Kootenay River". Re-approved 2 December 1948 on Columbia River Basin manuscript 51, and description subsequently changed to "tributary to Lake Koocanusa".

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

On his second journey, 1811, David Thompson crossed the Athabasca Pass and followed a circuitous route to the mouth of the Columbia River; he called this the "Stag River." Labelled "Elk River" on Palliser's 1857-8 map (copy with BC Archives); labelled "Stag or Elk River" on Arrowmith's 1862 map of British Columbia.

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