Cottonwood River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather


Cottonwood River Levels

June 22 2024

23,018 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-318.0 cfs (-2.67%) since yesterday
360.05% of Normal 3 Streamgauges

Total streamflow across the Cottonwood River was last observed at 11,605 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 23,018 acre-ft of water today; about 360% of normal. River levels are high. Average streamflow for this time of year is 3,223 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2019-05-22 when daily discharge volume was observed at 42,500 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Cottonwood River Near New Ulm reporting a streamflow rate of 8,150 cfs. This is also the highest stage along the Cottonwood River, with a gauge stage of 13.67 ft at this location. This river is monitored from 3 different streamgauging stations along the Cottonwood River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 1,238 ft, the Cottonwood R Nr Florence.

Last Updated 2024-06-22
Streamflow 11,605.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 360.05%
Maximum 42,500.0 cfs
2019-05-22

About the cottonwood river


The Cottonwood River is a 152-mile-long river in eastern Kansas, USA. It has been used by Native Americans for hundreds of years for hunting and fishing. The river flows through several counties and its basin is home to many small towns. The river's hydrology is influenced by rainfall and the presence of reservoirs and dams, such as the John Redmond Reservoir, Marion Reservoir, and Chase County Lake. These dams provide flood control, irrigation, and recreational opportunities for fishing, boating, and camping. The Cottonwood River is also an important source of water for agricultural uses such as crop irrigation and livestock watering. Despite occasional flooding, the river remains an important resource for the communities it serves.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Cottonwood R Nr Florence
USGS 07180400
395 cfs 3.93 ft -52
Cottonwood R Nr Plymouth
USGS 07182250
3060 cfs 13.33 ft -47.87
Cottonwood River Near New Ulm
USGS 05317000
8150 cfs 13.67 ft 55.83

Peak Annual Discharge

Cottonwood River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Cottonwood River Year Over Year Discharge


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