River Levels Streamgages Weather

Total streamflow across the Ocmulgee River was last observed at 4,654 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 9,231 acre-ft of water today; about 54% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 8,616 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2016-01-02 when daily discharge volume was observed at 146,800 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Ocmulgee River At Lumber City reporting a streamflow rate of 2,000 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Ocmulgee River At Macon with a gauge stage of 6.29 ft. This river is monitored from 4 different streamgauging stations along the Ocmulgee River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 417 ft, the Ocmulgee River Near Jackson.

The Ocmulgee River is a 255-mile-long river that runs through central Georgia. It has played a significant role in the region's history, serving as a major transportation route for Native Americans and European settlers. The river's hydrology is largely influenced by rainfall and agricultural runoff. Several reservoirs and dams have been built along the river, including the Jackson Lake Dam and the Lake Sinclair Dam, which are used for flood control and hydroelectric power generation. The Ocmulgee River also provides water for agriculture, particularly for the production of cotton and peanuts. The river is a popular destination for recreational activities such as fishing, boating, and camping. It is also home to a diverse range of plant and animal species, including several threatened and endangered species.

July 20, 2024







Last Updated 2024-07-20
Discharge Volume 9,231 ACRE-FT
Streamflow 4,654.0 cfs
+173.0 cfs (+3.86%)
Percent of Normal 54.02%
Maximum 146,800.0 cfs
Seasonal Avg 8,616 cfs
Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Ocmulgee River Near Jackson
USGS 02210500
499 cfs 4.17 ft 0
Ocmulgee River At Macon
USGS 02213000
645 cfs 6.29 ft -23.4
Ocmulgee River At Hawkinsville
USGS 02215000
1510 cfs 2.24 ft 26.89
Ocmulgee River At Lumber City
USGS 02215500
2000 cfs 2.59 ft 2.56

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The Ocmulgee River () is a western tributary of the Altamaha River, approximately 255 mi (410 km) long, in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is the westernmost major tributary of the Altamaha.The Ocmulgee River and its tributaries provide drainage for some 6,180 square miles in parts of 33 Georgia counties, a large section of the Piedmont and coastal plain of central Georgia.The Ocmulgee River basin has three river subbasins designated by the U.S. Geological Survey: the Upper Ocmulgee River subbasin (hydrologic unit code 03070103); the Lower Ocmulgee River Subbasin (03070104); and the Little Ocmulgee River Subbasin (03070105).The name of the river may have come from a Hitchiti words oki ("water") plus molki ("bubbling" or "boiling"), possibly meaning "where the water boils up."

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