Catawba River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Catawba River Levels

October 4 2023

6,166 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-22.2 cfs (-0.71%) since yesterday
70.74% of normal Low

Total streamflow across the Catawba River was last observed at 3,109 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 6,166 acre-ft of water today; about 71% of normal. Average streamflow for this time of year is 4,394 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2020-11-13 when daily discharge volume was observed at 93,784 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Catawba River Near Rockhill reporting a streamflow rate of 1,560 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Catawba River Below Catawba with a gauge stage of 5.43 ft. This river is monitored from 3 different streamgauging stations along the Catawba River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 1,235 ft, the Catawba R Nr Pleasant Gardens.

Last Updated 2023-10-04
Streamflow 3,108.8 cfs
Percent of Normal 70.74%
Maximum 93,784.0 cfs

About the catawba river

The Catawba River is a 220-mile long river that flows through western North Carolina and South Carolina. It was historically significant to Native American tribes such as the Catawba and Cherokee. Today, it provides approximately 1.7 million people with drinking water and powers several hydroelectric power plants. The river has several reservoirs and dams, including the Lake James Dam, the Lake Hickory Dam, and the Mountain Island Lake Dam. These provide flood control, water supply, and recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating, and swimming. The Catawba River also supports agricultural uses, particularly for irrigation and livestock watering, and is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including fish, birds, and mammals.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Catawba R Nr Pleasant Gardens
USGS 02137727
79 cfs 1.48 ft -2.72
Catawba River Near Rockhill
USGS 02146000
1560 cfs 3.62 ft 0.65
Catawba River Below Catawba
USGS 02147020
1470 cfs 5.43 ft -2

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Catawba River Maximum Total Discharge

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Catawba River Year Over Year Discharge

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