Cedar River

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Cedar River Levels

June 2 2023

41,548 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
+2065.0 cfs (+10.94%) since yesterday
35.37% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Cedar River was last observed at 20947 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 41548 acre-ft of water today; about 35% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 59222 cfs, with recent peaks last observed at 294,406 cfs on 2016-09-25.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Cedar River Near Conesville reporting a streamflow rate of 5,370 cfs. However, the deepest point on the river is located at the Cedar River At Cedar Falls with a gage stage of 78.70 ft. This river is monitored from 15 different streamgauging stations along the Cedar River, the highest being perched at an elevation of 1,911 ft, the Cedar River Below Bear Creek Near Cedar Falls.

River Summary: 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.

Last Updated 2023-06-01
Streamflow 20,947.0 cfs
Percent Normal 35.37%
Maximum 294,406.0 cfs

Area Surface Flows

Streamgauge Streamflow River Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Cedar River Below Bear Creek Near Cedar Falls
USGS 12114500
158 cfs 2.23 ft -16.84
Cedar River Near Cedar Falls
USGS 12115000
1340 cfs 5.44 ft -2.19
Cedar River Near Austin
USGS 05457000
236 cfs 3.39 ft -6.35
Cedar River At Charles City
USGS 05457700
787 cfs 3.05 ft 0
Cedar River At Powerplant At Cedar Falls
USGS 12116400
94 cfs 31.96 ft 0
Cedar River At Cedar Falls
USGS 12116500
163 cfs 5.92 ft 0
Cedar River At Waverly
USGS 05458300
1690 cfs 5.01 ft -9.63
Cedar River At Janesville
USGS 05458500
1040 cfs 2.15 ft -7.96
Cedar River At Cedar Falls
USGS 05463050
2890 cfs 78.70 ft -37.31
Cedar River At Waterloo
USGS 05464000
3250 cfs 6.4 ft -3.56
Cedar River At Cedar Rapids
USGS 05464500
4270 cfs 4.51 ft -4.26
Cedar River Near Conesville
USGS 05465000
5370 cfs 7.89 ft -4.45
Cedar River Near Landsburg
USGS 12117500
457 cfs 1.53 ft -7.49
Cedar River Below Diversion Near Landsburg
USGS 12117600
281 cfs 3.2 ft -12.46
Cedar River At Renton
USGS 12119000
355 cfs 8.17 ft -8.51

Cedar River Peak Annual Discharge

Cedar River maximum total discharge

Cedar River Seasonal Comparison

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