Milk River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather


Milk River Levels

June 22 2024

3,158 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-292.0 cfs (-15.5%) since yesterday
29.61% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Milk River was last observed at 1,592 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 3,158 acre-ft of water today; about 30% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 5,377 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2018-04-24 when daily discharge volume was observed at 72,890 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Milk River At Havre Mt reporting a streamflow rate of 698 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Milk River Near Harlem Mt with a gauge stage of 7.18 ft. This river is monitored from 8 different streamgauging stations along the Milk River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 2,656 ft, the Milk River At Eastern Crossing Of Int Bndry.

Last Updated 2024-06-22
Streamflow 1,592.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 29.61%
Maximum 72,890.0 cfs
2018-04-24

About the milk river


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.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Milk River At Eastern Crossing Of Int Bndry
USGS 06135000
372 cfs 3.69 ft -31.37
Milk River At Havre Mt
USGS 06140500
698 cfs 2.27 ft -11.42
Milk River Near Harlem Mt
USGS 06154100
366 cfs 7.18 ft -0.81
Milk River Near Dodson Mt
USGS 06155030
68 cfs 4.01 ft -44.67
Milk River At Malta Mt
USGS 06155500
291 cfs 2.26 ft 8.99
Milk River At Juneberg Bridge Nr Saco Mt
USGS 06164510
337 cfs 3.47 ft 24.35
Milk River At Tampico Mt
USGS 06172310
349 cfs 3.76 ft 22.89
Milk River At Nashua Mt
USGS 06174500
522 cfs 2.5 ft -5.78

Peak Annual Discharge

Milk River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Milk River Year Over Year Discharge


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