Mississippi River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Mississippi River Levels

September 21 2023

1,623,088 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
+16431.0 cfs (+2.05%) since yesterday
54.69% of normal Low

Total streamflow across the Mississippi River was last observed at 818,305 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 1,623,088 acre-ft of water today; about 55% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 1,496,267 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2019-06-11 when daily discharge volume was observed at 7,577,143 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Mississippi River At Vicksburg reporting a streamflow rate of 199,000 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Mississippi River At Prescott with a gauge stage of 25.03 ft. This river is monitored from 20 different streamgauging stations along the Mississippi River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 1,318 ft, the Mississippi River Near Bemidji.

Last Updated 2023-09-21
Streamflow 818,304.6 cfs
Percent of Normal 54.69%
Maximum 7,577,143.0 cfs

About the mississippi river

The Mississippi River is the fourth-longest river in the world, stretching over 2,300 miles from its source in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. It has played a significant role in the history and development of the United States, serving as a major transportation route for goods and people. The river's hydrology is influenced by its major tributaries, such as the Missouri and Ohio Rivers, and it has been harnessed for hydroelectric power through the construction of several dams and reservoirs, including the famous Hoover Dam. The river has also been an important source of freshwater for agricultural irrigation and a popular destination for recreational activities such as boating and fishing. However, the river has also faced challenges, including pollution and flooding, which have had significant impacts on the surrounding environment and communities.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Mississippi River Near Bemidji
USGS 05200510
73 cfs 2.67 ft 0
Mississippi River At Grand Rapids
USGS 05211000
284 cfs 3 ft 4.03
Mississippi River At Aitkin
USGS 05227500
451 cfs 1.55 ft -3.22
Mississippi River At Brainerd
USGS 05242300
447 cfs 4.38 ft -1.11
Mississippi River Near Royalton
USGS 05267000
970 cfs 7.95 ft 0
Mississippi River At St. Cloud
USGS 05270700
1050 cfs 3.76 ft -4.55
Mississippi River At Anoka
USGS 05283500
3520 cfs 4.37 ft 2.62
Mississippi River Near Anoka
USGS 05288500
1710 cfs 1.03 ft 3.01
Mississippi River At St. Paul
USGS 05331000
3400 cfs 3.01 ft 2.41
Mississippi River At Prescott
USGS 05344500
5890 cfs 25.03 ft 11.76
Mississippi River At Red Wing
USGS 05355250
5310 cfs 2.22 ft 4.94
Mississippi River At Winona
USGS 05378500
11000 cfs 5.54 ft 0
Mississippi River At Mcgregor
USGS 05389500
21700 cfs 8.16 ft
Mississippi River At Clinton
USGS 05420500
17500 cfs 8.78 ft -7.41
Mississippi River At St. Louis
USGS 07010000
81000 cfs 0.02 ft 13.76
Mississippi River At Chester
USGS 07020500
72300 cfs 0.09 ft 2.12
Mississippi River At Thebes
USGS 07022000
91400 cfs 4.73 ft -0.54
Mississippi River At Memphis
USGS 07032000
165000 cfs 2.03 ft -1.2
Mississippi River At Vicksburg
USGS 07289000
199000 cfs 1.54 ft 1.02
Mississippi River At Baton Rouge
USGS 07374000
158000 cfs 4.7 ft 3.95

Peak Annual Discharge

Mississippi River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Mississippi River Year Over Year Discharge

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