The Pale River begins in the Brazen Peaks of northwestern Katapesh and flows from there through the Uwaga Highlands into the plains below. The river begins near Pale Mountain and is fed by the snow melt from the surrounding peaks; from there, it flows in a southeasterly direction until it meets with the water coming from the Hammerfalls, after which it flows out of the mountains.
The Pale River is not a particularly large river, but it is both deep and quick-moving, particularly after the spring melt. This speed means the river's waters often form foamy whitecaps, leading to the nickname of Ale River. Outside of the mountains, the river is often used as a trade route allowing trade between Bronze Hook, Thricehill, and communities even further downriver.