James River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

James River Levels

September 29 2023

32,269 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-298.92 cfs (-1.8%) since yesterday
42.48% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the James River was last observed at 16,269 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 32,269 acre-ft of water today; about 42% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 38,296 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2020-11-13 when daily discharge volume was observed at 378,113 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the James River At Cartersville reporting a streamflow rate of 1,720 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the James River At Nd-Sd State Line with a gauge stage of 88.29 ft. This river is monitored from 25 different streamgauging stations along the James River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 1,464 ft, the James River Nr Grace City.

Last Updated 2023-09-29
Streamflow 16,268.8 cfs
Percent of Normal 42.48%
Maximum 378,112.63 cfs

About the james river

The James River is a 348-mile-long river that flows from the Appalachian Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. It played an important role in the history of Virginia, serving as a major transportation route for trade and commerce. The river is home to several reservoirs and dams, including the Boshers Dam, the Powhatan Dam, and the Gathright Dam. These dams provide hydroelectric power and help manage the river's flow. The James River is also a popular destination for recreational activities such as fishing, swimming, kayaking, and boating. Additionally, the river is used for agriculture, providing irrigation for crops and livestock. Despite being affected by urbanization and pollutants, efforts are being made to protect and restore the health of the James River ecosystem.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
James River Nr Grace City
USGS 06468170
5 cfs 4.26 ft -17.53
James River Above Arrowwood Lake Nr Kensal
USGS 06468250
10 cfs 1.42 ft -15
James River At Jamestown
USGS 06470000
248 cfs 4.66 ft -1.98
James River At Lamoure
USGS 06470500
240 cfs 7.99 ft 13.74
James River At Nd-Sd State Line
USGS 06470878
232 cfs 88.29 ft 8.41
James R At Columbia Sd
USGS 06471000
304 cfs 8.2 ft -12.14
James R Near Stratford Sd
USGS 06472000
595 cfs 11.17 ft -3.41
James R At Ashton Sd
USGS 06473000
697 cfs 7.52 ft -3.73
James R Near Redfield Sd
USGS 06475000
775 cfs 7.2 ft 22234.29
James R At Huron Sd
USGS 06476000
1020 cfs 10.13 ft 19.16
James R Near Forestburg Sd
USGS 06477000
923 cfs 7.54 ft -4.45
James R Near Mitchell Sd
USGS 06478000
919 cfs 13.02 ft -4.17
James R Near Scotland Sd
USGS 06478500
1100 cfs 5.96 ft -4.35
James River Nr Yankton Sd
USGS 06478513
814 cfs 4.49 ft -3.33
James River Near Springfield
USGS 07050700
32 cfs 3.86 ft -30.59
James River Near Boaz
USGS 07052250
264 cfs 2.96 ft -15.11
James River At Lick Run
USGS 02016500
346 cfs 1.78 ft -3.89
James River At Galena
USGS 07052500
617 cfs 4.78 ft -21.8
James River At Buchanan
USGS 02019500
516 cfs 2.18 ft -2.27
James River At Holcomb Rock
USGS 02025500
716 cfs 4.22 ft -4.66
James River At Bent Creek
USGS 02026000
978 cfs 2.99 ft -21.13
James River At Scottsville
USGS 02029000
1390 cfs 3.11 ft -8.55
James River At Cartersville
USGS 02035000
1720 cfs 1.35 ft -1.71
James River And Kanawha Canal Near Richmond
USGS 02037000
98 cfs 6.24 ft 0
James River Near Richmond
USGS 02037500
1710 cfs 3.79 ft -15.35

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