Bitterroot River

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Bitterroot River Levels

June 7 2023

26,003 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-310.0 cfs (-2.31%) since yesterday
62.18% of normal Low

Total streamflow across the Bitterroot River was last observed at 13110 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 26003 acre-ft of water today; about 62% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 21083 cfs, with recent peaks last observed at 42,770 cfs on 2018-05-11.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Bitterroot River Near Missoula Mt reporting a streamflow rate of 6,110 cfs. However, the deepest point on the river is located at the Bitterroot River At Bell Crossing Nr Victor Mt with a gage stage of 8.24 ft. This river is monitored from 3 different streamgauging stations along the Bitterroot River, the highest being perched at an elevation of 3,955 ft, the Bitterroot River Near Darby Mt.

River Summary: The Bitterroot River is a 84-mile-long river in western Montana, USA. It was named by the Salish tribe and was used extensively by the Native Americans for fishing and hunting. The river originates from the Bitterroot Mountains and merges with the Clark Fork River in Missoula. The river is primarily fed by snowmelt, and its hydrology is influenced by irrigation and dam operation. There are several reservoirs and dams along the river, including Painted Rocks Reservoir and Lake Como Dam. The Bitterroot River is popular for recreational activities such as fishing, kayaking, and rafting. Agriculture is a significant user of the river, with irrigation canals diverting water for crop production. The Bitterroot River is a vital resource for the state of Montana, providing irrigation water, hydroelectric power, and recreation opportunities.

Last Updated 2023-06-07
Streamflow 13,110.0 cfs
Percent Normal 62.18%
Maximum 42,770.0 cfs

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