River Levels Streamgages Weather

Total streamflow across the Cumberland River was last observed at 13,932 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 27,634 acre-ft of water today; about 74% of normal. Average streamflow for this time of year is 18,876 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2021-03-29 when daily discharge volume was observed at 205,510 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Cumberland River At Nashville reporting a streamflow rate of 13,400 cfs. This is also the highest stage along the Cumberland River, with a gauge stage of 18.33 ft at this location. This river is monitored from 5 different streamgauging stations along the Cumberland River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 1,170 ft, the Cumberland River Near Harlan.

The Cumberland River is a major tributary of the Ohio River, with a length of 688 miles. It flows through Kentucky and Tennessee, and its history dates back to the early Native American settlements. The river's hydrology has been affected by numerous dams and reservoirs, including the Wolf Creek and Center Hill Dams. These structures provide flood control, hydroelectric power, and water supply for agriculture and industry. The Cumberland River is also a popular recreational destination, with opportunities for fishing, boating, and camping. Additionally, it supports agricultural activities such as crop irrigation and livestock grazing. The river has played a significant role in the economic and cultural development of the region, serving as a transportation route for goods and people throughout history.

July 19, 2024







Last Updated 2024-07-18
Discharge Volume 27,634 ACRE-FT
Streamflow 13,932.2 cfs
+11508.0 cfs (+474.71%)
Percent of Normal 73.81%
Maximum 205,510.0 cfs
Seasonal Avg 18,876 cfs
Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Cumberland River Near Harlan
USGS 03401000
72 cfs 1.52 ft 0
Cumberland River At Williamsburg
USGS 03404000
221 cfs 2.8 ft 11.06
Cumberland River At Cumberland Falls
USGS 03404500
239 cfs 1.46 ft 7.17
Cumberland River At Nashville
USGS 03431500
13400 cfs 18.33 ft 594.3
Cumberland River At Woodland St At Nashville
USGS 034315005
7180 cfs 17.69 ft

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The Cumberland River is a major waterway of the Southern United States. The 688-mile-long (1,107 km) river drains almost 18,000 square miles (47,000 km2) of southern Kentucky and north-central Tennessee. The river flows generally west from a source in the Appalachian Mountains to its confluence with the Ohio River near Paducah, Kentucky, and the mouth of the Tennessee River. Major tributaries include the Obey, Caney Fork, Stones, and Red rivers.
Although the Cumberland River basin is predominantly rural, there are also some large cities on the river, including Nashville and Clarksville, both in Tennessee. In addition, the river system has been extensively developed for flood control, with major dams impounding both the main stem and many of its important tributaries.

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