River Levels Streamgages Weather

Total streamflow across the Appomattox River was last observed at 1,060 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 2,102 acre-ft of water today; about 150% of normal. River levels are high. Average streamflow for this time of year is 705 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2018-10-14 when daily discharge volume was observed at 35,350 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Appomattox River At Mattoax reporting a streamflow rate of 651 cfs. This is also the highest stage along the Appomattox River, with a gauge stage of 9.77 ft at this location. This river is monitored from 3 different streamgauging stations along the Appomattox River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 299 ft, the Appomattox River At Farmville.

The Appomattox River is a 157-mile-long river located in central Virginia. Historically, the river was significant during the American Civil War as it played a role in the Confederate Army's retreat from Richmond in 1865. Today, the river is primarily used for recreational activities such as fishing, boating, and swimming. It also serves as a source of irrigation for crops in the surrounding agricultural areas. There are several reservoirs and dams along the river, including Lake Chesdin, which is used for hydroelectric power generation and water supply for the city of Petersburg. The Appomattox River has a diverse hydrology, with both slow moving stretches and rapids for kayaking and canoeing. It is a valuable natural resource for the region and an important part of Virginia's history.

July 20, 2024







Last Updated 2024-07-20
Discharge Volume 2,102 ACRE-FT
Streamflow 1,060.0 cfs
+541.0 cfs (+104.24%)
Percent of Normal 150.35%
Maximum 35,350.0 cfs
Seasonal Avg 705 cfs
Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Appomattox River At Farmville
USGS 02039500
199 cfs 5.15 ft -61.66
Appomattox River At Mattoax
USGS 02040000
651 cfs 9.77 ft 278.49
Appomattox River At Matoaca
USGS 02041650
210 cfs 1.98 ft -21.05

Regional Streamflow


Cubic Feet Per Second


Cubic Feet Per Second


Cubic Feet Per Second


Cubic Feet Per Second

Explore the Interactive Map

View recreational hotspots like fishing, camping, and parks, alongside climate-related data such as river levels, snowpack, and weather forecasts. Enjoy 3D mapping for an immersive experience, and switch to satellite view for a detailed look at your favorite spots. Simply click, explore, and discover nature like never before!

Historical River Levels

The Appomattox River is a tributary of the James River, approximately 157 miles (253 km) long, in central and eastern Virginia in the United States, named for the Appomattocs Indian tribe who lived along its lower banks in the 17th century. It drains a cotton and tobacco-growing region of the Piedmont and coastal plain southwest of Richmond.
The English colonists in Virginia at first tried to rename the Appomattox as the "Bristoll River", however this name did not catch on, while the native one did. There are numerous historical spelling variants, such as Apamatuck, Apamutiky, Appamattuck, Appomattake, and Apumetecs, among others.

5-Day Weather Forecast

16-Day Weather Forecast