River Levels Streamgages Weather

Total streamflow across the Petit Jean River was last observed at 72 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 143 acre-ft of water today; about 5% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 1,376 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2015-05-12 when daily discharge volume was observed at 35,000 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Petit Jean River Near Booneville reporting a streamflow rate of 72.1 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Petit Jean River At Danville with a gauge stage of 9.52 ft. This river is monitored from 2 different streamgauging stations along the Petit Jean River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 441 ft, the Petit Jean River Near Booneville.

July 19, 2024







Last Updated 2024-07-19
Discharge Volume 143 ACRE-FT
Streamflow 72.1 cfs
-196.9 cfs (-73.2%)
Percent of Normal 5.24%
Maximum 35,000.0 cfs
Seasonal Avg 1,376 cfs
Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Petit Jean River Near Booneville
USGS 07258500
72 cfs 2.4 ft -73.2
Petit Jean River At Danville
USGS 07260500
52 cfs 9.52 ft -30.13

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Historical River Levels

The Petit Jean River is a 113-mile (182 km) river in west-central Arkansas. The river rises in the Ouachita Mountains in northern Scott County; it flows through Logan County and Yell County, defining the border between Yell County and Conway County before reaching its mouth at the Arkansas River north of Petit Jean State Park. The city of Danville, named after a steamboat that navigated the river in 1840, is the largest settlement on the river. Blue Mountain Lake, which straddles the border between Logan and Yell Counties, was created when the river was dammed in 1947. The river is the longest located entirely within the Arkansas River Valley.According to local legend, the river and the nearby Petit Jean Mountain were both named after a French woman who posed as a man to follow a lover to America. Due to her size, she was nicknamed "Petit Jean" by her ship's crew. She fell ill and died after reaching Arkansas and was reportedly buried on the side of the mountain. An alternate explanation states that the river was named for the French phrase "petit jaune", or "little yellow", due to its appearance.The discharge of the Petit Jean has been measured by the USGS since 1916. The stream gauge near Danville measures flow from an area of 764 square miles (1,980 km2). The mean flow between 1947 and 2013 was 824 cubic feet per second (23.3 m3/s), with the lowest daily flow recorded as zero in August 1956.The highest river level recorded occurred in April 1939 with a height of 31.8 feet (9.7 m) through the gauge, giving a corresponding flow of 70,800 cubic feet per second (2,000 m3/s).Two bridges across the river, one in Yell County and one in Logan County, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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