Huerfano River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather


Huerfano River Levels

March 2 2024

13 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-0.45 cfs (-6.28%) since yesterday
14.7% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Huerfano River was last observed at 7 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 13 acre-ft of water today; about 15% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 46 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2015-10-01 when daily discharge volume was observed at 1,703 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Huerfano R At Manzanares Xing reporting a streamflow rate of 6.71 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Huerfano River Near Boone with a gauge stage of 3.73 ft. This river is monitored from 4 different streamgauging stations along the Huerfano River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 8,202 ft, the Huerfano R At Manzanares Xing.

Last Updated 2024-03-02
Streamflow 6.71 cfs
Percent of Normal 14.7%
Maximum 1,703.0 cfs
2015-10-01

About the huerfano river


The Huerfano River is a tributary of the Arkansas River, located in south-central Colorado. The river is approximately 70 miles long and has a drainage area of 1,470 square miles. Historically, the river was used by Native American tribes for hunting and fishing. In the early 20th century, the river was dammed to provide irrigation for agriculture. The Huerfano River Watershed Project was established in 1965 to address erosion and water quality issues. Specific reservoirs and dams on the river include Huerfano Lake, Huerfano Valley, and the Huerfano-Cucharas Project. The river supports recreational activities such as fishing, kayaking, and camping. It is also used for agriculture, providing irrigation for crops such as alfalfa, corn, and wheat.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Huerfano R At Manzanares Xing
USGS 07111000
7 cfs 3.17 ft -6.28
Huerfano River At Badito
USGS 07112500
4 cfs 1.55 ft 0
Huerfano R Bl Huerf Valy Dam Nr Undercliffe
USGS 07116000
0 cfs 0.00 ft
Huerfano River Near Boone
USGS 07116500
0 cfs 3.73 ft -96.37

Peak Annual Discharge

Huerfano River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Huerfano River Year Over Year Discharge


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