Nisqually River

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Nisqually River Levels

June 5 2023

5,058 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-8.0 cfs (-0.31%) since yesterday
87.22% of Normal 4 Streamgauges

Total streamflow across the Nisqually River was last observed at 2550 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 5058 acre-ft of water today; about 87% of normal. Average streamflow for this time of year is 2924 cfs, with recent peaks last observed at 42,400 cfs on 2020-02-06.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Nisqually River At La Grande reporting a streamflow rate of 954 cfs. However, the deepest point on the river is located at the Nisqually River Near National with a gage stage of 4.88 ft. This river is monitored from 4 different streamgauging stations along the Nisqually River, the highest being perched at an elevation of 1,436 ft, the Nisqually River Near National.

River Summary: The Nisqually River runs 78 miles from the Nisqually Glacier on Mount Rainier to southern Puget Sound. The river was historically home to the Nisqually tribe, and was an important source of food and transportation. Today, the river and its watershed are managed by the Nisqually Indian Tribe, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, and local governments. The hydrology of the river is influenced by seasonal snowmelt and precipitation. There are two major reservoirs on the river, Alder Dam and LaGrande Dam, which are used for hydroelectric power generation and water supply. The river is also used for recreational activities such as fishing, kayaking, and rafting. Agricultural uses include pastureland and crops such as berries and vegetables. Efforts to restore and protect the river and its habitats are ongoing.

Last Updated 2023-06-05
Streamflow 2,550.0 cfs
Percent Normal 87.22%
Maximum 42,400.0 cfs

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