Cedar River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Cedar River Levels

September 27 2023

10,380 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
+247.2 cfs (+4.96%) since yesterday
12.82% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Cedar River was last observed at 5,233 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 10,380 acre-ft of water today; about 13% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 40,809 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2016-09-25 when daily discharge volume was observed at 294,406 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Cedar River Near Conesville reporting a streamflow rate of 1,070 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Cedar River At Cedar Falls with a gauge stage of 78.70 ft. This river is monitored from 15 different streamgauging stations along the Cedar River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 1,911 ft, the Cedar River Below Bear Creek Near Cedar Falls.

Last Updated 2023-09-27
Streamflow 5,233.2 cfs
Percent of Normal 12.82%
Maximum 294,406.0 cfs

About the cedar river

The Cedar River is a 338-mile long river located in the north-central part of the United States, primarily in the state of Iowa. It flows from its headwaters in Dodge County, Minnesota, through southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, before emptying into the Iowa River near Columbus Junction. The Cedar River is a principal tributary of the Iowa River and a significant source of water for the region. It has been used for agricultural irrigation and drinking water for many years. The river is also home to several reservoirs and dams, including the Cedar River Reservoir, which was created by the construction of the Cedar River Dam in the early 20th century. The Cedar River is popular for recreational activities such as fishing, boating, and camping.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Cedar River Below Bear Creek Near Cedar Falls
USGS 12114500
23 cfs 1.17 ft 2.74
Cedar River Near Cedar Falls
USGS 12115000
28 cfs 2.37 ft 13.65
Cedar River Near Austin
USGS 05457000
64 cfs 2.77 ft -10.8
Cedar River At Charles City
USGS 05457700
198 cfs 2.16 ft -49.62
Cedar River At Powerplant At Cedar Falls
USGS 12116400
135 cfs 32.31 ft -10
Cedar River At Cedar Falls
USGS 12116500
139 cfs 5.81 ft -11.46
Cedar River At Waverly
USGS 05458300
125 cfs 5.02 ft -52.83
Cedar River At Janesville
USGS 05458500
345 cfs 1.24 ft 39.11
Cedar River At Cedar Falls
USGS 05463050
655 cfs 78.70 ft 4.3
Cedar River At Waterloo
USGS 05464000
755 cfs 5.29 ft 0
Cedar River At Cedar Rapids
USGS 05464500
840 cfs 3.04 ft 19.15
Cedar River Near Conesville
USGS 05465000
1070 cfs 4.94 ft 11.69
Cedar River Near Landsburg
USGS 12117500
341 cfs 1.29 ft -5.01
Cedar River Below Diversion Near Landsburg
USGS 12117600
222 cfs 3.02 ft -1.33
Cedar River At Renton
USGS 12119000
293 cfs 8.06 ft 1.38

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Cedar River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Cedar River Year Over Year Discharge

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