Cottonwood River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Cottonwood River Levels

September 21 2023


Discharge Volume Today
-0.3 cfs (-0.54%) since yesterday
6.47% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Cottonwood River was last observed at 55 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 109 acre-ft of water today; about 6% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 849 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 34.8 cfs. This is also the highest stage along the Cottonwood River, with a gauge stage of 3.35 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 2023-09-21
Streamflow 54.93 cfs
Percent of Normal 6.47%
Maximum 42,500.0 cfs

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
9 cfs 2.55 ft 0
Cottonwood R Nr Plymouth
USGS 07182250
11 cfs 1.38 ft -2.63
Cottonwood River Near New Ulm
USGS 05317000
35 cfs 3.35 ft 0

Peak Annual Discharge

Cottonwood River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Cottonwood River Year Over Year Discharge

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