Charles River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather


Charles River Levels

June 13 2024

965 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-31.0 cfs (-5.99%) since yesterday
54.95% of normal Low

Total streamflow across the Charles River was last observed at 486 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 965 acre-ft of water today; about 55% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 885 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2024-01-14 when daily discharge volume was observed at 5,509 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Charles River At Waltham reporting a streamflow rate of 178 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Charles River At Wellesley with a gauge stage of 3.23 ft. This river is monitored from 4 different streamgauging stations along the Charles River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 129 ft, the Charles River At Medway.

Last Updated 2024-06-13
Streamflow 486.3 cfs
Percent of Normal 54.95%
Maximum 5,509.0 cfs
2024-01-14

About the charles river


The Charles River is a 80-mile long river in Massachusetts that runs from Hopkinton to Boston and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. It has played an important role in the history of Massachusetts, serving as a source of water for early settlers and as a key transportation route for trade. Today, it is also used for recreation, with parks and walking trails lining its banks. The river is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, which operates several dams and reservoirs along the river, including the Wachusett Reservoir and the Quabbin Reservoir. These reservoirs provide drinking water for Boston and surrounding communities. The river also supports agricultural activities such as cranberry farming, and is home to a variety of fish and wildlife species.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Charles River At Medway
USGS 01103280
50 cfs 1.21 ft -10.71
Charles River At Dover
USGS 01103500
87 cfs 1.24 ft -12.08
Charles River At Wellesley
USGS 01104200
171 cfs 3.23 ft -4.47
Charles River At Waltham
USGS 01104500
178 cfs 1.51 ft -2.73

Peak Annual Discharge

Charles River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Charles River Year Over Year Discharge


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