Little Calumet River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Little Calumet River Levels

April 16 2024


Discharge Volume Today
-43.3 cfs (-16.52%) since yesterday
118.4% of Normal 3 Streamgauges

Total streamflow across the Little Calumet River was last observed at 219 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 434 acre-ft of water today; about 118% of normal. Average streamflow for this time of year is 185 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2024-04-02 when daily discharge volume was observed at 2,206 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Little Calumet River At South Holland reporting a streamflow rate of 118 cfs. This is also the highest stage along the Little Calumet River, with a gauge stage of 6.21 ft at this location. This river is monitored from 3 different streamgauging stations along the Little Calumet River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 617 ft, the Little Calumet River At Porter.

Last Updated 2024-04-15
Streamflow 218.8 cfs
Percent of Normal 118.4%
Maximum 2,206.0 cfs

About the little calumet river

The Little Calumet River is a 44.1-mile-long river located in northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana, and it flows into Lake Michigan. The river was originally used by Native Americans for transportation and fishing, and later by European settlers for logging and transportation. The river's hydrology has been altered by the construction of several reservoirs and dams, including the Thorn Creek Dam and the Oakwood Dunes Dam. These dams were built to control flooding and provide a source of drinking water for nearby communities. The Little Calumet River also has several recreational uses, including fishing, boating, and hiking, and is home to several species of fish and wildlife. The river is also used for agricultural purposes, including the irrigation of crops and grazing of livestock.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Little Calumet River At Porter
USGS 04094000
70 cfs 3.72 ft -9.64
Little Calumet River At South Holland
USGS 05536290
118 cfs 6.21 ft -19.89
Little Calumet River At Munster
USGS 05536195
49 cfs 6.05 ft -12.94

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Little Calumet River Maximum Total Discharge

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Little Calumet River Year Over Year Discharge

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