Milk River Levels
June 9 2023
Discharge Volume Today-2252.0 cfs (-12.68%) since yesterday
151.92% of Normal • 8 Streamgauges
Total streamflow across the
was last observed at
cfs, and is expected to yield approximately
acre-ft of water today; about 152%
River levels are high.
Average streamflow for this time of year is
with recent peaks last observed at
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.