Milk River

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Milk River Levels

June 9 2023

30,766 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-2252.0 cfs (-12.68%) since yesterday
151.92% of Normal 8 Streamgauges

Total streamflow across the Milk River was last observed at 15511 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 30766 acre-ft of water today; about 152% of normal. River levels are high. Average streamflow for this time of year is 10210 cfs, with recent peaks last observed at 72,890 cfs on 2018-04-24.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Milk River At Nashua Mt reporting a streamflow rate of 5,120 cfs. However, the deepest point on the river is located at the Milk River At Tampico Mt with a gage stage of 13.83 ft. This river is monitored from 8 different streamgauging stations along the Milk River, the highest being perched at an elevation of 2,656 ft, the Milk River At Eastern Crossing Of Int Bndry.

River Summary: The Milk River is a tributary of the Missouri River that spans 729 kilometers and flows through Montana and Alberta, Canada. The river is named after its milky appearance, which is caused by suspended sediments from glacial runoff. The Milk River was historically important to the indigenous Blackfeet people, who relied on it for water and hunting. The St. Mary River Dam and Reservoir, located in Montana, was built in 1921 for irrigation purposes and is the largest reservoir on the Milk River. Other reservoirs include the Fresno Reservoir and Nelson Reservoir. The Milk River is used for recreational activities like fishing, hunting, and camping, and supports agricultural practices in the surrounding areas. In recent years, drought and climate change have led to decreased water levels and concerns about the river's future sustainability.

Last Updated 2023-06-09
Streamflow 15,511.0 cfs
Percent Normal 151.92%
Maximum 72,890.0 cfs

Area Surface Flows

Streamgauge Streamflow River Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Milk River At Eastern Crossing Of Int Bndry
USGS 06135000
503 cfs 4.05 ft -4.01
Milk River At Havre Mt
USGS 06140500
699 cfs 2.35 ft 1.16
Milk River Near Harlem Mt
USGS 06154100
961 cfs 9.78 ft -1.74
Milk River Near Dodson Mt
USGS 06155030
968 cfs 10.02 ft -29.86
Milk River At Malta Mt
USGS 06155500
1370 cfs 5.29 ft -20.81
Milk River At Juneberg Bridge Nr Saco Mt
USGS 06164510
2930 cfs 9.1 ft 4.64
Milk River At Tampico Mt
USGS 06172310
2960 cfs 13.83 ft 20.82
Milk River At Nashua Mt
USGS 06174500
5120 cfs 13.43 ft -28.99

Milk River Peak Annual Discharge

Milk River maximum total discharge

Milk River Seasonal Comparison

Year over year discharge

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