Kaskaskia River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather


Kaskaskia River Levels

June 22 2024

5,982 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-197.3 cfs (-6.14%) since yesterday
15.14% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Kaskaskia River was last observed at 3,016 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 5,982 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 19,924 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2015-12-30 when daily discharge volume was observed at 129,500 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Kaskaskia River At New Athens reporting a streamflow rate of 780 cfs. This is also the highest stage along the Kaskaskia River, with a gauge stage of 68.79 ft at this location. This river is monitored from 8 different streamgauging stations along the Kaskaskia River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 650 ft, the Kaskaskia River At Chesterville.

Last Updated 2024-06-22
Streamflow 3,015.7 cfs
Percent of Normal 15.14%
Maximum 129,500.0 cfs
2015-12-30

About the kaskaskia river


The Kaskaskia River flows for a length of 325 miles through central and southern Illinois before joining the Mississippi River. The river is known for its role in early French exploration and settlement in the area. It has a drainage area of 5,746 square miles and is heavily utilized for agricultural purposes. The Kaskaskia River is also home to several reservoirs and dams, including Carlyle Lake, which is the largest man-made lake in Illinois with a surface area of 26,000 acres. The lake is utilized for recreational activities such as boating, fishing, and camping. The river also provides water for municipal, industrial, and agricultural use. The Kaskaskia River has played a significant role in the history and development of Illinois and remains an important natural resource for the state.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Kaskaskia River At Chesterville
USGS 05590950
91 cfs 30.94 ft -10
Kaskaskia River At Cooks Mills
USGS 05591200
100 cfs 2.65 ft 10.03
Kaskaskia River At Shelbyville
USGS 05592000
476 cfs 8.04 ft 175.14
Kaskaskia River Near Cowden
USGS 05592100
193 cfs 3.48 ft -6.76
Kaskaskia River At Vandalia
USGS 05592500
491 cfs 4.28 ft -25.15
Kaskaskia River At Carlyle
USGS 05593000
315 cfs 6.68 ft 0
Kaskaskia River At New Athens
USGS 05595000
780 cfs 68.79 ft -24.27
Kaskaskia River Near Venedy Station
USGS 05594100
570 cfs 3.48 ft -22.02

Peak Annual Discharge

Kaskaskia River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Kaskaskia River Year Over Year Discharge


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