Chariton River

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Chariton River Levels

June 7 2023


Discharge Volume Today
-19.7 cfs (-9.7%) since yesterday
4.07% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Chariton River was last observed at 183 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 364 acre-ft of water today; about 4% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 4499 cfs, with recent peaks last observed at 87,950 cfs on 2019-05-30.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Chariton River Near Prairie Hill reporting a streamflow rate of 104 cfs. However, the deepest point on the river is located at the Chariton River Near Moulton with a gage stage of 18.13 ft. This river is monitored from 6 different streamgauging stations along the Chariton River, the highest being perched at an elevation of 968 ft, the Chariton River Near Chariton.

River Summary: 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.

Last Updated 2023-06-07
Streamflow 183.3 cfs
Percent Normal 4.07%
Maximum 87,950.0 cfs

Chariton River Peak Annual Discharge

Chariton River maximum total discharge

Chariton River Seasonal Comparison

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