Calcasieu River

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Calcasieu River Levels

June 7 2023

1,456 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
+0.2 cfs (+0.03%) since yesterday
15.01% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Calcasieu River was last observed at 734 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 1456 acre-ft of water today; about 15% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 4891 cfs, with recent peaks last observed at 91,500 cfs on 2020-10-12.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Calcasieu River Near Kinder reporting a streamflow rate of 625 cfs. However, the deepest point on the river is located at the Calcasieu River Nr Glenmora with a gage stage of 5.14 ft. This river is monitored from 3 different streamgauging stations along the Calcasieu River, the highest being perched at an elevation of 121 ft, the Calcasieu River Nr Glenmora.

River Summary: The Calcasieu River is a 200-mile-long river located in Southwest Louisiana. It was originally used by Native American tribes for transportation and fishing. French explorers named the river after the Atakapa word "quelqueshue," meaning "crying eagle." The river is home to several reservoirs and dams, including the Toledo Bend Reservoir and the Sam Rayburn Reservoir. These reservoirs provide hydroelectric power, as well as recreational opportunities for fishing, boating, and camping. The Calcasieu River also plays a vital role in Louisiana's agriculture industry, providing irrigation for crops such as rice, soybeans, and sugarcane. The river's hydrology has been greatly impacted by human activity, including industrialization and levee construction, which has caused erosion and sedimentation. Conservation efforts are underway to protect and restore the river's ecological health.

Last Updated 2023-06-07
Streamflow 734.0 cfs
Percent Normal 15.01%
Maximum 91,500.0 cfs

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