Patuxent River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Patuxent River Levels

June 19 2024


Discharge Volume Today
-3.96 cfs (-1.68%) since yesterday
61.88% of normal Low

Total streamflow across the Patuxent River was last observed at 232 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 460 acre-ft of water today; about 62% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 375 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2014-05-01 when daily discharge volume was observed at 14,260 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Patuxent River Near Bowie reporting a streamflow rate of 145 cfs. This is also the highest stage along the Patuxent River, with a gauge stage of 4.51 ft at this location. This river is monitored from 3 different streamgauging stations along the Patuxent River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 383 ft, the Patuxent River Near Unity.

Last Updated 2024-06-19
Streamflow 231.94 cfs
Percent of Normal 61.88%
Maximum 14,260.0 cfs

About the patuxent river

The Patuxent River is a 115-mile-long river that flows through central Maryland and empties into the Chesapeake Bay. The river has a rich history, having been used by Native American tribes and European settlers for transportation, trade, and fishing. The river is fed by several smaller streams and is home to numerous species of fish, including largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish. The river is also home to several reservoirs and dams, including the Brighton Dam and the Duckett Dam, which provide drinking water and hydroelectric power to the area. The Patuxent River is a popular destination for recreational activities, including boating, fishing, and hiking. The river is also used for agricultural purposes, with many farms located along its banks.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Patuxent River Near Unity
USGS 01591000
9 cfs 2.02 ft -8.51
Patuxent River Below Brighton Dam Near Brighton
USGS 01591610
78 cfs 1.87 ft 2.51
Patuxent River Near Bowie
USGS 01594440
145 cfs 4.51 ft -3.33

Peak Annual Discharge

Patuxent River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Patuxent River Year Over Year Discharge

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