Milwaukee River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather


Milwaukee River Levels

June 19 2024

2,325 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-51.0 cfs (-4.17%) since yesterday
41.42% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Milwaukee River was last observed at 1,172 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 2,325 acre-ft of water today; about 41% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 2,829 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2018-05-14 when daily discharge volume was observed at 24,870 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Milwaukee R @ Jones Island Mouth-At Milwaukee reporting a streamflow rate of 3,360 cfs. This is also the highest stage along the Milwaukee River, with a gauge stage of 9.42 ft at this location. This river is monitored from 3 different streamgauging stations along the Milwaukee River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 672 ft, the Milwaukee River Near Cedarburg.

Last Updated 2024-06-19
Streamflow 1,172.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 41.42%
Maximum 24,870.0 cfs
2018-05-14

About the milwaukee river


The Milwaukee River is a 115-mile-long tributary of Lake Michigan that flows through Wisconsin. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the river was heavily polluted due to industrialization, but has since been cleaned up and is now popular for recreational activities such as kayaking and fishing. The river's hydrology is managed by several man-made reservoirs and dams, including the Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers, which were dammed to create power for industrial use. These reservoirs also help control flooding in the area. The river is used for agricultural irrigation and is important for the region's economy. Today, the Milwaukee River is a symbol of the city's ongoing revitalization and commitment to environmental sustainability.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Milwaukee River Near Cedarburg
USGS 04086600
554 cfs 6.4 ft -3.32
Milwaukee River At Milwaukee
USGS 04087000
618 cfs 2.55 ft -4.92
Milwaukee R @ Jones Island Mouth-At Milwaukee
USGS 04087170
3360 cfs 9.42 ft -56.02

Peak Annual Discharge

Milwaukee River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Milwaukee River Year Over Year Discharge


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