ANDROSCOGGIN RIVER

ANDROSCOGGIN RIVER

River Levels Streamgages Weather


Total streamflow across the Androscoggin River was last observed at 17,010 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 33,739 acre-ft of water today; about 143% of normal. River levels are high. Average streamflow for this time of year is 11,904 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2023-12-20 when daily discharge volume was observed at 146,900 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Androscoggin River Near Auburn reporting a streamflow rate of 6,400 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Androscoggin River At Rumford with a gauge stage of 4.77 ft. This river is monitored from 4 different streamgauging stations along the Androscoggin River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 1,249 ft, the Androscoggin River At Errol.

The Androscoggin River runs through New Hampshire and Maine, covering a length of 178 miles. It was once one of the most polluted rivers in the country due to the paper mills that lined its banks, but since the 1970s, extensive cleanup efforts have improved the water quality. The river's hydrology is influenced by several dams, including the Livermore Falls Dam, the Gulf Island Dam, and the Berlin Dam, which provide hydropower and flood control. The river also has several reservoirs, including the Umbagog Lake, the Richardson Lake, and the Aziscohos Lake. Recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, and camping are popular along the river, and the river also supports agricultural activities like irrigation and farming.

July 20, 2024

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Last Updated 2024-07-20
Discharge Volume 33,739 ACRE-FT
Streamflow 17,010.0 cfs
-5480.0 cfs (-24.37%)
Percent of Normal 142.9%
Maximum 146,900.0 cfs
2023-12-20
Seasonal Avg 11,904 cfs
Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Androscoggin River At Errol
USGS 01053500
3020 cfs 3.41 ft 0
Androscoggin River Near Gorham
USGS 01054000
3300 cfs 4.5 ft -12.93
Androscoggin River At Rumford
USGS 01054500
4290 cfs 4.77 ft -27.29
Androscoggin River Near Auburn
USGS 01059000
6400 cfs 4.61 ft -34.56

Regional Streamflow

45

Cubic Feet Per Second

149

Cubic Feet Per Second

77

Cubic Feet Per Second

61

Cubic Feet Per Second

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Historical River Levels

The Androscoggin River is a river in the U.S. states of Maine and New Hampshire, in northern New England. It is 178 miles (286 km) long and joins the Kennebec River at Merrymeeting Bay in Maine before its water empties into the Gulf of Maine on the Atlantic Ocean. Its drainage basin is 3,530 square miles (9,100 km2) in area. The name "Androscoggin" comes from the Eastern Abenaki term /aləssíkɑntəkw/ or /alsíkɑntəkw/, meaning "river of cliff rock shelters" (literally "thus-deep-dwelling-river"); or perhaps from Penobscot /aləsstkɑtəkʷ/, meaning "river of rock shelters". The Anglicization of the Abenaki term is likely an analogical contamination with the colonial governor Edmund Andros.



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