NIOBRARA RIVER

NIOBRARA RIVER

River Levels Streamgages Weather


Total streamflow across the Niobrara River was last observed at 3,082 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 6,113 acre-ft of water today; about 78% of normal. Average streamflow for this time of year is 3,961 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2020-12-28 when daily discharge volume was observed at 24,630 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Niobrara River At Mariaville reporting a streamflow rate of 1,340 cfs. This is also the highest stage along the Niobrara River, with a gauge stage of 3.18 ft at this location. This river is monitored from 3 different streamgauging stations along the Niobrara River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 2,295 ft, the Niobrara River Near Sparks.

The Niobrara River is a 570-mile-long river that runs through the central United States, starting in Wyoming and ending in Nebraska. The river has a rich history and was once used by Native American tribes for transportation and as a source of food. Today, the river is primarily used for recreation, including canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, and is home to several state parks and wildlife refuges.

The Niobrara River is fed by several tributaries and has several reservoirs and dams, including the Merritt Reservoir and the Spencer Dam. These reservoirs provide water for irrigation and hydroelectric power.

The river is also important to agriculture, with many farmers using its water for irrigation. However, the use of the river's water for agriculture has led to conflicts with recreational users and concerns about water quality. Despite these challenges, the Niobrara River remains a vital resource for the communities and ecosystems that rely on it.

July 20, 2024

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Last Updated 2024-07-20
Discharge Volume 6,113 ACRE-FT
Streamflow 3,082.0 cfs
-200.0 cfs (-6.09%)
Percent of Normal 77.82%
Maximum 24,630.0 cfs
2020-12-28
Seasonal Avg 3,961 cfs
Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Niobrara River Near Sparks
USGS 06461500
562 cfs 2.6 ft -1.75
Niobrara River At Mariaville
USGS 06463720
1340 cfs 3.18 ft 2.29
Niobrara River Nr. Verdel
USGS 06465500
1180 cfs 3.04 ft -15.71

Regional Streamflow

3

Cubic Feet Per Second

3

Cubic Feet Per Second

2

Cubic Feet Per Second

1

Cubic Feet Per Second

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The Niobrara River (; Omaha-Ponca: Ní Ubthátha khe, pronounced [nĩꜜ ubɫᶞaꜜɫᶞa kʰe], literally "water spread-out horizontal-the" or "The Wide-Spreading Water") is a tributary of the Missouri River, approximately 568 miles (914 km) long, running through the U.S. states of Wyoming and Nebraska. The river drains one of the most arid sections of the Great Plains, and has a low flow for a river of its length. The Niobrara's watershed includes the northern tier of Nebraska Sandhills, a small south-central section of South Dakota, as well as a small area of eastern Wyoming.



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