Purgatoire River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather


Purgatoire River Levels

June 13 2024

1,045 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-187.0 cfs (-26.19%) since yesterday
101.83% of Normal 7 Streamgauges

Total streamflow across the Purgatoire River was last observed at 527 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 1,045 acre-ft of water today; about 102% of normal. Average streamflow for this time of year is 518 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2017-05-13 when daily discharge volume was observed at 11,568 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Purgatoire River Below Trinidad Lake reporting a streamflow rate of 209 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Purgatoire River At Rock Crossing Nr Timpas with a gauge stage of 6.66 ft. This river is monitored from 7 different streamgauging stations along the Purgatoire River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 6,265 ft, the Purgatoire River At Madrid.

Last Updated 2024-06-12
Streamflow 527.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 101.83%
Maximum 11,568.0 cfs
2017-05-13

About the purgatoire river


The Purgatoire River, also known as the Purgatory River, is a 200-mile-long tributary of the Arkansas River in southern Colorado and western Kansas. The river has a rich history dating back to the ancient Puebloan people who lived in the area. The river is known for its unique geology and hydrology, including the famous Picketwire Canyonlands, where dinosaur tracks can be seen. The river's flow is regulated by several reservoirs and dams, including the Purgatoire River Diversion Dam and the Valdez Reservoir. The river is used for agricultural purposes, including irrigation, and is a popular destination for recreational activities such as fishing, kayaking, and camping. The Purgatoire River is an important natural resource in the region, providing water for wildlife and people alike.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Purgatoire River At Madrid
USGS 07124200
120 cfs 3.15 ft -9.46
Purgatoire River Below Trinidad Lake
USGS 07124410
209 cfs 5.9 ft -29.87
Purgatoire River At Trinidad
USGS 07124500
184 cfs 2.03 ft -31.34
Purgatoire River Near Thatcher
USGS 07126300
17 cfs 2.5 ft -57.7
Purgatoire River At Rock Crossing Nr Timpas
USGS 07126485
30 cfs 6.66 ft 447.62
Purgatoire River At Ninemile Dam
USGS 07126500
59 cfs 3.14 ft 62275
Purgatoire River Near Las Animas
USGS 07128500
4 cfs 2.44 ft -42.28

Peak Annual Discharge

Purgatoire River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Purgatoire River Year Over Year Discharge


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