North Platte River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather


North Platte River Levels

May 22 2024

8,707 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
+280.0 cfs (+6.81%) since yesterday
52.7% of normal Low

Total streamflow across the North Platte River was last observed at 4,390 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 8,707 acre-ft of water today; about 53% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 8,330 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2011-06-21 when daily discharge volume was observed at 36,130 cfs.

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 highest stage along the North Platte River, with a gauge stage of 8.94 ft at this location. This river is monitored from 5 different streamgauging stations along the North Platte River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 7,823 ft, the North Platte River Near Northgate.

Last Updated 2024-05-22
Streamflow 4,390.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 52.7%
Maximum 36,130.0 cfs
2011-06-21

About the north platte river


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.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
North Platte River Near Northgate
USGS 06620000
1230 cfs 3.99 ft 10.81
North Platte River At Orin
USGS 06652000
3160 cfs 5.22 ft 5.33
North Platte River Below Glendo Reservoir
USGS 06652800
5710 cfs 8.94 ft
North Platte River Below Whalen Diversion Dam
USGS 06657000
606 cfs 5.75 ft 0
North Platte River At Wyoming-Nebraska State Line
USGS 06674500
788 cfs 2.91 ft -3.31

Peak Annual Discharge

North Platte River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

North Platte River Year Over Year Discharge


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