Kentucky River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather


Kentucky River Levels

June 15 2024

25,918 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-4594.0 cfs (-26.01%) since yesterday
50.62% of normal Low

Total streamflow across the Kentucky River was last observed at 13,067 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 25,918 acre-ft of water today; about 51% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 25,815 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2021-03-03 when daily discharge volume was observed at 893,000 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Kentucky River At Lock 12 Near Irvine reporting a streamflow rate of 8,300 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Kentucky River At Lock 8 Near Camp Nelson with a gauge stage of 12.23 ft. This river is monitored from 12 different streamgauging stations along the Kentucky River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 630 ft, the Kentucky River At Lock 14 At Heidelberg.

Last Updated 2024-06-15
Streamflow 13,067.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 50.62%
Maximum 893,000.0 cfs
2021-03-03

About the kentucky river


The Kentucky River is a tributary of the Ohio River, covering a total length of 259 miles. It has a significant history in the state of Kentucky, as it was a vital transportation route for early settlers and served as a source of power for mills and factories in the 19th century. The river's hydrology includes multiple tributaries, with some of the major ones being the North Fork, Middle Fork, and South Fork. The river is impounded by several dams, including the Lock and Dam 11, which creates the reservoir known as the Kentucky River Lake. Other recreational areas around the river include the Kentucky River Palisades and the Clifty Wilderness Area. The Kentucky River is used for agricultural purposes, including irrigation and livestock watering.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Kentucky River At Lock 14 At Heidelberg
USGS 03282000
718 cfs 9.58 ft -8.65
Kentucky River At Lock 10 Near Winchester
USGS 03284000
824 cfs 10.25 ft -19.22
Kentucky River At Lock 11 Near College Hill
USGS 03282290
845 cfs 11.42 ft -9.63
Kentucky River At Lock 12 Near Irvine
USGS 03282120
8300 cfs 9.75 ft -20.19
Kentucky River At Lock 9 At Valley View
USGS 03284230
1020 cfs 11.44 ft -15
Kentucky River At Lock 8 Near Camp Nelson
USGS 03284500
1060 cfs 12.23 ft -11.67
Kentucky River At Lock 6 Near Salvisa
USGS 03287000
1580 cfs 10.61 ft 12.86
Kentucky River At Lock 7 At Highbridge
USGS 03286500
4150 cfs 10 ft -24.13
Kentucky River At Lock 5 Near Tyrone
USGS 03287250
1630 cfs 9.79 ft 11.64
Kentucky River At Lock 4 At Frankfort
USGS 03287500
1700 cfs 7.5 ft 6.92
Kentucky River At Lock 3 At Gest
USGS 03290080
1760 cfs 8.1 ft -5.88
Kentucky River At Lock 2 At Lockport
USGS 03290500
1930 cfs 9.23 ft -5.85

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Kentucky River Year Over Year Discharge


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