Chariton River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Chariton River Levels

June 22 2024


Discharge Volume Today
-0.21 cfs (-0.1%) since yesterday
3.09% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Chariton River was last observed at 204 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 404 acre-ft of water today; about 3% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 6,600 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2019-05-30 when daily discharge volume was observed at 87,950 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Chariton River Near Prairie Hill reporting a streamflow rate of 99.2 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Chariton River Near Moulton with a gauge stage of 18.2 ft. This river is monitored from 6 different streamgauging stations along the Chariton River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 968 ft, the Chariton River Near Chariton.

Last Updated 2024-06-22
Streamflow 203.67 cfs
Percent of Normal 3.09%
Maximum 87,950.0 cfs

About the chariton river

The Chariton River is a 214-mile long river located in Iowa and Missouri in the United States. Historically, the river was used for transportation of goods and people, and was a major source of water for towns along its banks. The river has been dammed in several places to create reservoirs for flood control and recreation, including the Rathbun Lake, which is the largest lake in Iowa. The Chariton River is also an important source of water for agriculture, with irrigation systems drawing from the river to supply crops. Recreational activities on the river include boating, fishing, camping, and hiking. The hydrology of the river fluctuates seasonally, with high flows occurring in spring and low flows in summer.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Chariton River Near Chariton
USGS 06903400
4 cfs 3.95 ft -5.53
Chariton River Near Rathbun
USGS 06903900
10 cfs 2.02 ft 0
Chariton River Near Moulton
USGS 06904010
37 cfs 18.2 ft -6.89
Chariton River At Livonia
USGS 06904050
45 cfs 3.43 ft
Chariton River At Novinger
USGS 06904500
55 cfs 0.19 ft 43.19
Chariton River Near Prairie Hill
USGS 06905500
99 cfs 1.39 ft -12.21

Peak Annual Discharge

Chariton River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Chariton River Year Over Year Discharge

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