Minnesota River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Minnesota River Levels

May 22 2024

138,566 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
+3373.0 cfs (+5.07%) since yesterday
123.81% of Normal 8 Streamgauges

Total streamflow across the Minnesota River was last observed at 69,860 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 138,566 acre-ft of water today; about 124% of normal. River levels are high. Average streamflow for this time of year is 56,425 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2014-06-24 when daily discharge volume was observed at 261,350 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Minnesota River Near Jordan reporting a streamflow rate of 18,900 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Minnesota River At New Ulm with a gauge stage of 795.44 ft. This river is monitored from 8 different streamgauging stations along the Minnesota River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 972 ft, the Minnesota River At Ortonville.

Last Updated 2024-05-22
Streamflow 69,860.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 123.81%
Maximum 261,350.0 cfs

About the minnesota river

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.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Minnesota River At Ortonville
USGS 05292000
1620 cfs 6.47 ft 67.53
Minnesota River At Montevideo
USGS 05311000
8140 cfs 14.78 ft 11.05
Minnesota River Near Lac Qui Parle
USGS 05301000
6010 cfs 33.85 ft 4.89
Minnesota River At Morton
USGS 05316580
8390 cfs 20.26 ft -0.71
Minnesota River At New Ulm
USGS 05316770
9100 cfs 795.44 ft -1.19
Minnesota River At Mankato
USGS 05325000
17700 cfs 13.22 ft 13.46
Minnesota River Near Jordan
USGS 05330000
18900 cfs 19.28 ft -1.56
Minnesota River At Fort Snelling State Park
USGS 05330920
6620 cfs 688.05 ft

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Minnesota River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Minnesota River Year Over Year Discharge

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