North Platte River

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North Platte River Levels

June 5 2023

7,676 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
0.0 cfs (0.0%) since yesterday
40.27% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the North Platte River was last observed at 3870 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 7676 acre-ft of water today; about 40% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 9609 cfs, with recent peaks last observed at 36,130 cfs on 2011-06-21.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the North Platte River Below Glendo Reservoir reporting a streamflow rate of 5,710 cfs. This is also the deepest point on the North Platte River, with a gage stage of 8.94 ft. This river is monitored from 5 different streamgauging stations along the North Platte River, the highest being perched at an elevation of 7,823 ft, the North Platte River Near Northgate.

River Summary: The North Platte River is a major tributary of the Platte River, spanning over 700 miles in Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska. Historically, the river served as a major transportation route for early fur traders and pioneers. Today, it is used for irrigation and hydroelectric power generation, with several dams and reservoirs along its length, including the Seminoe, Pathfinder, and Alcova Reservoirs. The river also supports recreational activities such as fishing, boating, and camping, with sections designated as Wild and Scenic. Agriculture also relies heavily on the river, with extensive irrigation systems supporting crops such as sugar beets, corn, and wheat. Despite its many uses, the river faces challenges such as low water flows and pollution, requiring careful management and conservation efforts.

Last Updated 2023-06-05
Streamflow 3,870.0 cfs
Percent Normal 40.27%
Maximum 36,130.0 cfs

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