Ottawa River Levels
June 5 2023
Discharge Volume Today-3.7 cfs (-3.64%) since yesterday
50.62% of normal • Low
Total streamflow across the
was last observed at
cfs, and is expected to yield approximately
acre-ft of water today; about 51%
River levels are low and may signify a drought.
Average streamflow for this time of year is
with recent peaks last observed at
River Summary: The Ottawa River is a 1,271 km long river that runs through Ontario and Quebec, with a drainage basin of 146,300 km². The river has been an important transportation route for Indigenous peoples for thousands of years and played a crucial role in the fur trade. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the river powered many sawmills, paper mills, and other industries. The river is also used for hydroelectric power generation, with many dams and reservoirs located along its course, including the Carillon and Des Joachims dams. Additionally, the Ottawa River is a popular destination for recreational activities such as boating, fishing, and swimming, and is home to numerous parks and conservation areas. The river also supports agriculture, particularly in its watershed in eastern Ontario, where many farms rely on the river for irrigation.