It has a drainage basin of 142 400 km2 - third among rivers flowing into Hudson Bay - and a mean discharge of 840 m3/second. It flows north and then east across the Barren Lands of the territory of Nunavut, through Beverly, Aberdeen, Schultz and Baker lakes and empties into Chesterfield Inlet, on Hudson Bay. Its main tributaries are the Dubawnt River, flowing north from Dubawnt Lake, and the Kazan River, draining numerous lakes to the southwest. The area was the haunt of the Kivallirmiut (Caribou Inuit) until the herds were depleted. Joseph Tyrell and his brother James Tyrell examined the river in 1893-94. The Thelon Game Sanctuary (38 850 km2) was established in 1927 to protect the endangered muskox. In 1990 the river was designated as part of the Canadian Heritage River System.
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- Marsh, James H.. "Thelon River". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 30 March 2014, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/thelon-river. Accessed 01 December 2023.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Marsh, J. (2014). Thelon River. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/thelon-river
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Marsh, James H.. "Thelon River." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 07, 2006; Last Edited March 30, 2014.
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Thelon River," by James H. Marsh, Accessed December 01, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/thelon-river
Article by James H. Marsh
Published Online February 7, 2006
Last Edited March 30, 2014