Deschutes River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather


Deschutes River Levels

April 16 2024

27,193 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
+1174.0 cfs (+9.37%) since yesterday
109.8% of Normal 5 Streamgauges

Total streamflow across the Deschutes River was last observed at 13,710 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 27,193 acre-ft of water today; about 110% of normal. Average streamflow for this time of year is 12,487 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2019-04-10 when daily discharge volume was observed at 35,060 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Deschutes River At Moody reporting a streamflow rate of 7,010 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Deschutes River At E St Bridge At Tumwater with a gauge stage of 25.29 ft. This river is monitored from 5 different streamgauging stations along the Deschutes River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 1,951 ft, the Deschutes River Near Culver.

Last Updated 2024-04-16
Streamflow 13,710.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 109.8%
Maximum 35,060.0 cfs
2019-04-10

About the deschutes river


The Deschutes River is a major tributary to the Columbia River, running over 250 miles from its source in the Cascade Mountains to the Columbia River Gorge. The river has a rich history, with Indigenous peoples using the river for fishing and transportation for thousands of years. European explorers and settlers later used the river for transportation, trade, and agriculture.

Hydrologically, the river is fed by both snowmelt and springs, and is regulated by a number of dams, including the Pelton Round Butte Dam Complex. The complex includes the Round Butte Dam, which creates Lake Billy Chinook, a popular recreational area for boating, fishing, and camping.

The Deschutes River provides irrigation water for agriculture in the region, and also supports a thriving recreational industry, with activities such as whitewater rafting, fishing, and hiking. It is home to a number of fish species, including steelhead and salmon, which have faced challenges due to the construction of dams and other human impacts on the river.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Deschutes River Near Culver
USGS 14076500
800 cfs 2.92 ft 0.5
Deschutes River Near Madras
USGS 14092500
5900 cfs 3.55 ft 15.69
Deschutes River Near Rainier
USGS 12079000
107 cfs 3.6 ft -10.08
Deschutes River At Moody
USGS 14103000
7010 cfs 3.54 ft 5.57
Deschutes River At E St Bridge At Tumwater
USGS 12080010
252 cfs 25.29 ft -4.91

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