Niobrara River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Niobrara River Levels

September 29 2023

5,895 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
+1141.0 cfs (+62.32%) since yesterday
90.84% of Normal 3 Streamgauges

Total streamflow across the Niobrara River was last observed at 2,972 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 5,895 acre-ft of water today; about 91% of normal. Average streamflow for this time of year is 3,272 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 1,270 cfs. This is also the highest stage along the Niobrara River, with a gauge stage of 3.29 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.

Last Updated 2023-09-29
Streamflow 2,972.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 90.84%
Maximum 24,630.0 cfs

About the niobrara river

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.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Niobrara River Near Sparks
USGS 06461500
572 cfs 2.61 ft -3.21
Niobrara River At Mariaville
USGS 06463720
1270 cfs 3.29 ft 2.42
Niobrara River Nr. Verdel
USGS 06465500
1130 cfs 2.93 ft 147.26

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Niobrara River Maximum Total Discharge

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Niobrara River Year Over Year Discharge

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