Minnesota River

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Minnesota River Levels

June 2 2023

76,987 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-1700.0 cfs (-4.2%) since yesterday
67.26% of normal Low

Total streamflow across the Minnesota River was last observed at 38814 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 76987 acre-ft of water today; about 67% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 57710 cfs, with recent peaks last observed at 261,350 cfs on 2014-06-24.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Minnesota River Near Jordan reporting a streamflow rate of 12,300 cfs. However, the deepest point on the river is located at the Minnesota River At New Ulm with a gage stage of 791.67 ft. This river is monitored from 8 different streamgauging stations along the Minnesota River, the highest being perched at an elevation of 972 ft, the Minnesota River At Ortonville.

River Summary: The Minnesota River is 335 miles long and flows from its source near Big Stone Lake in western Minnesota to its confluence with the Mississippi River near Fort Snelling, Minnesota. The river played a significant role in the state's history and was once a major transportation route for Native American tribes, fur traders, and early settlers. The river's hydrology has been greatly impacted by the construction of dams and reservoirs, including the Lac qui Parle Dam, Upper and Lower Sioux Agency State Parks, and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The river is also used for irrigation and provides water for agricultural practices in the surrounding region. Recreational activities along the river include fishing, boating, and hiking in the numerous state parks and wildlife refuges.

Last Updated 2023-06-01
Streamflow 38,814.0 cfs
Percent Normal 67.26%
Maximum 261,350.0 cfs

Area Surface Flows

Streamgauge Streamflow River Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Minnesota River At Ortonville
USGS 05292000
124 cfs 2.27 ft 0
Minnesota River At Montevideo
USGS 05311000
2940 cfs 9.39 ft -1.67
Minnesota River Near Lac Qui Parle
USGS 05301000
2250 cfs 28.03 ft -2.17
Minnesota River At Morton
USGS 05316580
4400 cfs 15.81 ft -1.57
Minnesota River At New Ulm
USGS 05316770
5100 cfs 791.67 ft -4.32
Minnesota River At Mankato
USGS 05325000
11700 cfs 10.06 ft 0
Minnesota River Near Jordan
USGS 05330000
12300 cfs 15.52 ft -9.56
Minnesota River At Fort Snelling State Park
USGS 05330920
6620 cfs 688.05 ft

Minnesota River Peak Annual Discharge

Minnesota River maximum total discharge

Minnesota River Seasonal Comparison

Year over year discharge

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