Klondike River

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Klondike River
The Klondike River.

The Klondike River.

location Yukon ( Canada )
River system Yukon River
Drain over Yukon River  → Bering Sea
source Ogilvie Mountains
64 ° 12 ′ 53 "  N , 136 ° 32 ′ 42"  W.
muzzle at Dawson in the Yukon River coordinates: 64 ° 3 ′ 8 "  N , 139 ° 26 ′ 27"  W 64 ° 3 ′ 8 "  N , 139 ° 26 ′ 27"  W.

length 160 km
Catchment area 7800 km²
Discharge at the gauge above Bonanza Creek
A Eo : 7800 km²
MQ 1965/2000
Mq 1965/2000
64 m³ / s
8.2 l / (s km²)
Right tributaries North Klondike River
Today's gold mining on the Klondike

Today's gold mining on the Klondike

The Klondike River [ ˈklɔndaɪk ˈɹɪvɚ ] is a shallow, 161 km long, right tributary of the Yukon River in the west of the Yukon Territory in Canada .


The local Indians called it Thron-diuck ("river full of fish") because of its wealth in salmon , which was converted into the now common English name by the gold prospectors at the end of the 19th century and the surrounding area, the Klondike Fields who gave the name.

At the mouth of the Klondike River in the Yukon - the Klondike has an mouth width of around 35 meters - is Dawson , a legendary gold rush town that grew rapidly on the occasion of the largest gold rush (1896–1898) in North America - the gold rush on the Klondike . today it only has about 1,250 inhabitants.

The Klondike in Disney Stories

The fictional character Dagobert Duck washed here, according to numerous information in comics by various artists - u. a. Carl Barks , Romano Scarpa or Don Rosa - his first gold and the legendary ostrich egg nugget, a gold nugget the size of an ostrich egg. According to Barks and Rosa, Dagobert also made his first million here.

The Klondike and Charlie Chaplin

Likewise, Charlie Chaplin thematized in 1925 with his silent film Gold Rush, the phenomenon of the gold rush in this region.

Web links

Commons : Klondike River  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Klondike River at the gauge above Bonanza Creek - hydrographic data from R-ArcticNET
  2. ^ Pierre Berton: Klondike, The last great gold rush. McClelland and Stewart Ltd, Toronto 1972.