Kettle River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Kettle River Levels

June 15 2024

19,022 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-510.0 cfs (-5.05%) since yesterday
63.68% of normal Low

Total streamflow across the Kettle River was last observed at 9,590 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 19,022 acre-ft of water today; about 64% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 15,061 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2018-05-12 when daily discharge volume was observed at 60,900 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Kettle River Near Laurier reporting a streamflow rate of 6,300 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Kettle River Near Ferry with a gauge stage of 12.86 ft. This river is monitored from 3 different streamgauging stations along the Kettle River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 1,846 ft, the Kettle River Near Ferry.

Last Updated 2024-06-15
Streamflow 9,590.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 63.68%
Maximum 60,900.0 cfs

About the kettle river

The Kettle River is a 175-mile-long river that flows through Minnesota's Pine and Carlton Counties, then crosses the border into northeastern Minnesota, where it flows through the St. Louis County, Itasca, and Koochiching Counties. The river was named after the Native American word "Gaa-zhiigwanaabikokaag" which means "river abundant with boiling kettles." The river has been used for logging, farming, and transportation in the past. Today, it is a popular spot for recreational activities such as fishing, boating, camping, and hiking. There are several reservoirs/dams, including the Sturgeon Lake Dam and the Big Falls Dam, that serve hydroelectric power and flood control purposes. The river is also used for agricultural irrigation.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Kettle River Near Ferry
USGS 12401500
3290 cfs 12.86 ft -3.24
Kettle River Near Laurier
USGS 12404500
6300 cfs 7.52 ft -5.97
Kettle River Below Sandstone
USGS 05336700
1540 cfs 6.18 ft -8.88

Peak Annual Discharge

Kettle River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Kettle River Year Over Year Discharge

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