River Levels Streamgages Weather

Total streamflow across the Canadian River was last observed at 4,151 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 8,233 acre-ft of water today; about 46% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 9,058 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2015-05-26 when daily discharge volume was observed at 317,535 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Canadian River Near Whitefield reporting a streamflow rate of 3,370 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Canadian River At Norman with a gauge stage of 86 ft. This river is monitored from 10 different streamgauging stations along the Canadian River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 5,648 ft, the Canadian River Near Taylor Springs.

The Canadian River is a major river in the southern Great Plains of North America, flowing eastward from Colorado and New Mexico into Texas and Oklahoma. The river is approximately 906 miles long and was named by Spanish explorers after an encounter with indigenous tribes. The Canadian River has been a vital source of water for irrigation and agriculture for centuries. Today, the river provides water for many communities, including the cities of Oklahoma City and Amarillo. Notable reservoirs along the river include Ute Lake, Conchas Lake, and Lake Meredith. The riverside also serves as a popular recreational destination, with opportunities for camping, fishing, and boating. However, the Canadian River has also been subject to drought and water management issues, leading to conflicts over water rights between states and users.

July 19, 2024







Last Updated 2024-07-18
Discharge Volume 8,233 ACRE-FT
Streamflow 4,150.91 cfs
+2618.62 cfs (+170.9%)
Percent of Normal 45.83%
Maximum 317,535.0 cfs
Seasonal Avg 9,058 cfs
Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Canadian River Near Taylor Springs
USGS 07211500
0 cfs 3.07 ft -40
Canadian River Near Sanchez
USGS 07221500
98 cfs 2.24 ft 170.64
Canadian River At Logan
USGS 07227000
3 cfs 1.03 ft 2.32
Canadian Rv Nr Amarillo
USGS 07227500
10 cfs 0.61 ft -9.35
Canadian Rv Nr Canadian
USGS 07228000
40 cfs 0.97 ft -7.44
Canadian River At Bridgeport
USGS 07228500
45 cfs 8.75 ft -32.29
Canadian River At Norman
USGS 07229050
101 cfs 86 ft 5.43
Canadian River At Purcell
USGS 07229200
153 cfs 3.34 ft -3.77
Canadian River At Calvin
USGS 07231500
377 cfs 6.18 ft 0
Canadian River Near Whitefield
USGS 07245000
3370 cfs 3.27 ft 317.08

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The Canadian River is the longest tributary of the Arkansas River in the United States. It is about 906 miles (1,458 km) long, starting in Colorado and traveling through New Mexico, the Texas Panhandle, and Oklahoma. The drainage area is about 47,700 square miles (124,000 km2).The Canadian is sometimes referred to as the South Canadian River to differentiate it from the North Canadian River that flows into it.

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