Knife River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Knife River Levels

September 21 2023


Discharge Volume Today
+4.16 cfs (+5.31%) since yesterday
58.16% of normal Low

Total streamflow across the Knife River was last observed at 82 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 164 acre-ft of water today; about 58% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 142 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2023-04-14 when daily discharge volume was observed at 14,740 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Knife River At Hazen reporting a streamflow rate of 54.6 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Knife River Near Two Harbors with a gauge stage of 25.83 ft. This river is monitored from 4 different streamgauging stations along the Knife River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 2,168 ft, the Knife River At Manning.

Last Updated 2023-09-21
Streamflow 82.44 cfs
Percent of Normal 58.16%
Maximum 14,740.0 cfs

About the knife river

The Knife River is a tributary of the Upper Missouri River in North Dakota, spanning 120 miles in length. The river holds significant historical and cultural importance for the Northern Plains Native Americans, as it was a vital resource for transportation, food, and shelter. Today, the river primarily serves as a source of irrigation for agriculture and as a recreational spot for fishing and water sports. The river runs through several reservoirs, including Lake Sakakawea, which was created by the Garrison Dam on the Missouri River. The dam is the largest hydroelectric power producer in the state and provides flood control, irrigation, and recreation. The river also flows through the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, which preserves the site of a Hidatsa village dating back to the 18th century.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Knife River At Manning
USGS 06339100
1 cfs 6.43 ft -7.59
Knife River Nr Golden Valley
USGS 06339500
17 cfs 4.42 ft 10.74
Knife River At Hazen
USGS 06340500
55 cfs 1.19 ft 7.06
Knife River Near Two Harbors
USGS 04015330
10 cfs 25.83 ft -8.52

Peak Annual Discharge

Knife River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Knife River Year Over Year Discharge

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