Little Blue River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Little Blue River Levels

September 29 2023


Discharge Volume Today
-36.3 cfs (-15.83%) since yesterday
46.98% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Little Blue River was last observed at 193 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 383 acre-ft of water today; about 47% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 411 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2015-05-08 when daily discharge volume was observed at 33,285 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Little Blue River Near Fairbury reporting a streamflow rate of 156 cfs. This is also the highest stage along the Little Blue River, with a gauge stage of 7.33 ft at this location. This river is monitored from 3 different streamgauging stations along the Little Blue River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 1,636 ft, the Little Blue River Near Deweese.

Last Updated 2023-09-29
Streamflow 193.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 46.98%
Maximum 33,285.0 cfs

About the little blue river

The Little Blue River is a river in the central United States. It runs through northeastern Kansas and southeastern Nebraska, and it is approximately 65 miles long. The river was named for the bluish tint of its water, which is caused by limestone deposits in the area. The Little Blue River has a rich history, having been used by Native American tribes for hunting and fishing. Today, the river is used for recreation, including fishing, kayaking, and camping. It is also an important source of water for agriculture, with several reservoirs and dams along its course, including the Lovewell Dam and Reservoir and the Milford Dam and Reservoir. These reservoirs provide irrigation water for crops and help to regulate the flow of the river.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Little Blue River Near Deweese
USGS 06883000
37 cfs 2.33 ft -27.88
Little Blue River Near Fairbury
USGS 06884000
156 cfs 7.33 ft -12.36
Little Blue River Near Lake City
USGS 06894000
29 cfs 4.38 ft -6.54

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Little Blue River Year Over Year Discharge

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