James River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather


James River Levels

June 21 2024

61,067 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
+5756.0 cfs (+22.99%) since yesterday
60.89% of normal Low

Total streamflow across the James River was last observed at 30,788 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 61,067 acre-ft of water today; about 61% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 50,566 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 R Near Scotland Sd reporting a streamflow rate of 5,910 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 90.56 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 2024-06-21
Streamflow 30,788.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 60.89%
Maximum 378,112.63 cfs
2020-11-13

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
310 cfs 6.88 ft -17.33
James River Above Arrowwood Lake Nr Kensal
USGS 06468250
349 cfs 6.38 ft 2.65
James River At Jamestown
USGS 06470000
628 cfs 6.46 ft -1.57
James River At Lamoure
USGS 06470500
929 cfs 9.17 ft 10.07
James River At Nd-Sd State Line
USGS 06470878
889 cfs 90.56 ft 7.11
James R At Columbia Sd
USGS 06471000
610 cfs 11.08 ft -1.13
James R Near Stratford Sd
USGS 06472000
668 cfs 11.44 ft 1.06
James R At Ashton Sd
USGS 06473000
689 cfs 7.61 ft 1.62
James R Near Redfield Sd
USGS 06475000
768 cfs 7.17 ft 4.35
James R At Huron Sd
USGS 06476000
1030 cfs 10.14 ft 32.05
James R Near Forestburg Sd
USGS 06477000
1600 cfs 9.13 ft 58.42
James R Near Mitchell Sd
USGS 06478000
2790 cfs 17.03 ft 158.33
James R Near Scotland Sd
USGS 06478500
5910 cfs 13.93 ft 80.73
James River Nr Yankton Sd
USGS 06478513
4360 cfs 8.27 ft 9.27
James River Near Springfield
USGS 07050700
342 cfs 5.4 ft -7.57
James River Near Boaz
USGS 07052250
424 cfs 3.3 ft -12.76
James River At Lick Run
USGS 02016500
442 cfs 1.88 ft -3.7
James River At Galena
USGS 07052500
1020 cfs 5.12 ft -9.73
James River At Buchanan
USGS 02019500
588 cfs 2.29 ft -3.29
James River At Holcomb Rock
USGS 02025500
922 cfs 4.41 ft -16.18
James River At Bent Creek
USGS 02026000
1110 cfs 2.98 ft 1.83
James River At Scottsville
USGS 02029000
1310 cfs 3 ft -9.66
James River At Cartersville
USGS 02035000
1530 cfs 1.2 ft -2.55
James River And Kanawha Canal Near Richmond
USGS 02037000
83 cfs 6.19 ft 0
James River Near Richmond
USGS 02037500
1570 cfs 3.82 ft -3.68

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