River Levels Streamgages Weather

Total streamflow across the Kankakee River was last observed at 26,933 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 53,421 acre-ft of water today; about 220% of normal. River levels are high. Average streamflow for this time of year is 12,241 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2018-02-22 when daily discharge volume was observed at 79,130 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Kankakee River Near Wilmington reporting a streamflow rate of 8,350 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Kankakee River Nr Kouts with a gauge stage of 11.29 ft. This river is monitored from 6 different streamgauging stations along the Kankakee River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 682 ft, the Kankakee River At Davis.

The Kankakee River is a 133-mile river that flows through Indiana and Illinois. It was historically used for transportation and provided a source of water for agriculture. The river has a diverse ecosystem, with over 200 species of fish, including several endangered species. The river's hydrology has been altered by the construction of several reservoirs and dams, including the Kankakee River State Park Dam and the Wilmington Dam. These dams have been built for flood control, hydroelectric power, and recreation. The river is a popular destination for boating, fishing, and camping. The river and its surrounding wetlands also provide important habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. Agriculturally, the river is used as a source of irrigation for corn, soybeans, and other crops.

July 20, 2024







Last Updated 2024-07-20
Discharge Volume 53,421 ACRE-FT
Streamflow 26,933.0 cfs
-1173.0 cfs (-4.17%)
Percent of Normal 220.03%
Maximum 79,130.0 cfs
Seasonal Avg 12,241 cfs
Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Kankakee River At Davis
USGS 05515500
843 cfs 7.54 ft -11.82
Kankakee River At Dunns Bridge
USGS 05517500
3870 cfs 10.36 ft -4.68
Kankakee River Nr Kouts
USGS 05517530
3920 cfs 11.29 ft -4.16
Kankakee River At Shelby
USGS 05518000
4560 cfs 10.98 ft -2.36
Kankakee River At Momence
USGS 05520500
5390 cfs 3.83 ft -2
Kankakee River Near Wilmington
USGS 05527500
8350 cfs 3 ft -5.44

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The Kankakee River ([ˌkæŋkəˈki]) is a tributary of the Illinois River, approximately 133 miles (214 km) long, in northwestern Indiana and northeastern Illinois in the United States. At one time, the river drained one of the largest wetlands in North America and furnished a significant portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River. Significantly altered from its original channel, it flows through a primarily rural farming region of reclaimed cropland, south of Lake Michigan.

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