Charles River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Charles River Levels

September 21 2023

4,243 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-222.0 cfs (-9.4%) since yesterday
395.2% of Normal 4 Streamgauges

Total streamflow across the Charles River was last observed at 2,139 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 4,243 acre-ft of water today; about 395% of normal. River levels are high. Average streamflow for this time of year is 541 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2013-06-15 when daily discharge volume was observed at 5,338 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Charles River At Dover reporting a streamflow rate of 703 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Charles River At Wellesley with a gauge stage of 3.87 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 2023-09-21
Streamflow 2,139.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 395.2%
Maximum 5,338.0 cfs

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
341 cfs 2.46 ft -11.2
Charles River At Dover
USGS 01103500
703 cfs 3.46 ft 4.15
Charles River At Wellesley
USGS 01104200
478 cfs 3.87 ft -5.53
Charles River At Waltham
USGS 01104500
617 cfs 2.58 ft -22.49

Peak Annual Discharge

Charles River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Charles River Year Over Year Discharge

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