Clearwater River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Clearwater River Levels

September 27 2023

16,473 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-50.3 cfs (-0.6%) since yesterday
101.32% of Normal 7 Streamgauges

Total streamflow across the Clearwater River was last observed at 8,305 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 16,473 acre-ft of water today; about 101% of normal. Average streamflow for this time of year is 8,197 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2022-06-12 when daily discharge volume was observed at 263,553 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Clearwater River Nr Peck Id reporting a streamflow rate of 3,430 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Clearwater River At Red Lake Falls with a gauge stage of 5.13 ft. This river is monitored from 7 different streamgauging stations along the Clearwater River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 3,909 ft, the Clearwater R Ab Trap Cr Nr T Falls.

Last Updated 2023-09-27
Streamflow 8,305.2 cfs
Percent of Normal 101.32%
Maximum 263,553.0 cfs

About the clearwater river

The Clearwater River is a major tributary of the Snake River, spanning approximately 74 miles in length. It begins in the Bitterroot Mountains of western Montana and flows through Idaho before joining the Snake River. The river played a significant role in the region's history, as it was used by the Nez Perce tribe for fishing and transportation. Today, the river is used for agricultural purposes, including irrigation and hydroelectric power, with several dams and reservoirs along its length. The most notable of these is the Dworshak Dam, which is the third tallest dam in the United States. The river is also a popular recreational destination, offering fishing, kayaking, and white-water rafting opportunities. The Clearwater National Forest is located along the river and provides ample opportunities for hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Clearwater R Ab Trap Cr Nr T Falls
USGS 14314500
50 cfs 3.33 ft -3.86
Clearwater R Blw Mowich Creek
USGS 14314700
50 cfs 4.71 ft 0
Clearwater River At Plummer
USGS 05078000
40 cfs 2.62 ft 5.26
Clearwater River At Orofino Id
USGS 13340000
1290 cfs 2.47 ft -3.73
Clearwater River At Red Lake Falls
USGS 05078500
55 cfs 5.13 ft 2.42
Clearwater River Nr Peck Id
USGS 13341050
3430 cfs 3.88 ft -0.87
Clearwater River At Spalding Id
USGS 13342500
3430 cfs 3.37 ft -0.58

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Clearwater River Maximum Total Discharge

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Clearwater River Year Over Year Discharge

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