River Levels Streamgages Weather

Total streamflow across the Knife River was last observed at 116 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 231 acre-ft of water today; about 41% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 284 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 58.8 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Knife River Near Two Harbors with a gauge stage of 26.17 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.

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.

Heat Advisory
Until 2024-07-14T06:00:00-06:00 National Weather Service
* WHAT...High temperatures of 100 to 104 each afternoon. * WHERE...Fort Collins, Longmont, Boulder, Denver and suburbs, and Greeley. * WHEN...The most extreme temperatures will occur between 10 am and 8 pm each day. * IMPACTS...Hot temperatures may cause heat illnesses.

July 13, 2024







Last Updated 2024-07-13
Discharge Volume 231 ACRE-FT
Streamflow 116.48 cfs
-17.05 cfs (-12.77%)
Percent of Normal 41.03%
Maximum 14,740.0 cfs
Seasonal Avg 284 cfs
Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Knife River At Manning
USGS 06339100
2 cfs 6.31 ft -13.66
Knife River Nr Golden Valley
USGS 06339500
20 cfs 4.46 ft -12.61
Knife River At Hazen
USGS 06340500
59 cfs 1.15 ft -8.7
Knife River Near Two Harbors
USGS 04015330
36 cfs 26.17 ft -18.74

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Historical River Levels

The Knife River is a tributary of the Missouri River, approximately 120 mi (193 km) long, in North Dakota in the United States.Knife is an English translation of the Native American name.It rises in west central North Dakota, in the Killdeer Mountains in Billings County. It flows east, and is joined by Spring Creek near Beulah. It joins the Missouri north of Stanton, at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site.
Much of the terrain surrounding the river valley still remains in native grasslands, supporting many species of wildlife, including Whitetail Deer, Mule Deer, Coyote, Fox, Native Grouse, Pheasant, etc. Many of the small tributaries such as the Little Knife support local farms and ranches; some have been family owned for over 100 years. Some of the larger ranches include the Circle Five Ranch, Dressler Ranch, Perhus Bros. Ranch, and Greenshield Ranch.
The river consistently floods after spring melting (frequently as high as 10,000 cfs) but is two to three magnitudes lower during the summer months. The confluence of the river (near Stanton, ND) was largely blocked by sand after the Missouri River flood of 2011 but had cut a new channel by the summer of 2012.

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