Blackfoot River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Blackfoot River Levels

September 21 2023

2,487 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
+69.7 cfs (+5.89%) since yesterday
103.89% of Normal 7 Streamgauges

Total streamflow across the Blackfoot River was last observed at 1,254 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 2,487 acre-ft of water today; about 104% of normal. Average streamflow for this time of year is 1,207 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2011-06-10 when daily discharge volume was observed at 23,497 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Blackfoot River Near Bonner Mt reporting a streamflow rate of 545 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Blackfoot River Nr Shelley Id with a gauge stage of 6.21 ft. This river is monitored from 7 different streamgauging stations along the Blackfoot River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 6,266 ft, the Blackfoot River Ab Reservoir Nr Henry Id.

Last Updated 2023-09-21
Streamflow 1,253.7 cfs
Percent of Normal 103.89%
Maximum 23,497.0 cfs

About the blackfoot river

The Blackfoot River, located in western Montana, is a 137-mile long river that has played a significant role in the history of the region. The river was named after the Blackfoot Nation, a group of indigenous people who once inhabited the area. The Blackfoot River is a tributary of the Clark Fork River, which eventually flows into the Columbia River.

The river is fed by snowmelt and has a peak flow in late May and early June. The river's hydrology is influenced by two major dams, the Thompson Falls Dam and the Noxon Rapids Dam, which create reservoirs that provide hydroelectric power to the region.

The Blackfoot River is a popular recreational destination, known for its trout fishing and scenic beauty. The river was made famous by the book and movie "A River Runs Through It". The surrounding land is also used for agriculture, primarily for ranching and hay production. The river and its surrounding area have been protected by federal and state agencies, including the creation of the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Blackfoot River Ab Reservoir Nr Henry Id
USGS 13063000
66 cfs 1.99 ft 1.37
Blackfoot River Nr Shelley Id
USGS 13066000
392 cfs 6.21 ft 12.32
Blackfoot River Below North Canal At Blackfoot Id
USGS 13068300
148 cfs 3 ft -36.48
Blackfoot River Bypass Nr Blackfoot Id
USGS 13068495
30 cfs 5.21 ft None
Blackfoot River Nr Blackfoot Id
USGS 13068500
94 cfs 2.79 ft 37.66
Blackfoot R Ab Nevada Cr Nr Helmville Mt
USGS 12335100
156 cfs 3.72 ft 0
Blackfoot River Near Bonner Mt
USGS 12340000
545 cfs 1.99 ft 0

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Blackfoot River Maximum Total Discharge

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Blackfoot River Year Over Year Discharge

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