Musselshell River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Musselshell River Levels

May 21 2024

1,287 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-68.0 cfs (-9.48%) since yesterday
16.85% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Musselshell River was last observed at 649 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 1,287 acre-ft of water today; about 17% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 3,852 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2011-06-10 when daily discharge volume was observed at 51,070 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Musselshell River At Mosby Mt reporting a streamflow rate of 265 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Musselshell River Ab Mud Cr Nr Shawmut Mt with a gauge stage of 3.6 ft. This river is monitored from 6 different streamgauging stations along the Musselshell River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 4,668 ft, the Musselshell River Nr Martinsdale.

Last Updated 2024-05-21
Streamflow 649.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 16.85%
Maximum 51,070.0 cfs

About the musselshell river

The Musselshell River is a tributary of the Missouri River that runs through Montana. It has a length of approximately 360 miles, originating in the Crazy Mountains and flowing eastward until it reaches the Missouri River. The river has a rich history, with evidence of Native American settlements dating back thousands of years. Today, the Musselshell River is an important source of irrigation for agricultural purposes, and several reservoirs and dams have been constructed along its course, including the Yellowtail Dam and the Fort Peck Dam. These dams provide hydroelectric power and control flooding along the river. Recreational activities, such as fishing, hunting, and camping, are popular along the Musselshell River, making it an important part of Montana's outdoor recreation economy.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Musselshell River Nr Martinsdale
USGS 06119600
190 cfs 2.57 ft -10.8
Musselshell River At Harlowton Mt
USGS 06120500
194 cfs 3.49 ft -12.22
Musselshell River Ab Mud Cr Nr Shawmut Mt
USGS 06123030
149 cfs 3.6 ft 132.45
Musselshell River Near Roundup Mt
USGS 06126500
112 cfs 1.83 ft 12
Musselshell River At Musselshell Mt
USGS 06127500
98 cfs 2.33 ft -12.16
Musselshell River At Mosby Mt
USGS 06130500
265 cfs 3.47 ft -6.36

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Musselshell River Year Over Year Discharge

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