Puyallup River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather


Puyallup River Levels

June 21 2024

8,583 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
+124.0 cfs (+2.95%) since yesterday
59.14% of normal Low

Total streamflow across the Puyallup River was last observed at 4,327 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 8,583 acre-ft of water today; about 59% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 7,317 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2020-02-06 when daily discharge volume was observed at 78,350 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Puyallup River At Puyallup reporting a streamflow rate of 2,290 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Puyallup River At Alderton with a gauge stage of 46.49 ft. This river is monitored from 4 different streamgauging stations along the Puyallup River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 1,641 ft, the Puyallup River Near Electron.

Last Updated 2024-06-21
Streamflow 4,327.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 59.14%
Maximum 78,350.0 cfs
2020-02-06

About the puyallup river


The Puyallup River is a 45-mile long river located in Pierce County, Washington. The river is known for its rich history as it was once home to the Puyallup Tribe who relied on the river for fishing and trade. Today, the river is used for recreational activities such as fishing, boating, and hiking. The river's hydrology is heavily influenced by Mount Rainier and its surrounding glaciers, causing the river to have high flows during the spring and low flows during the summer. Spanaway Lake and Lake Tapps are two reservoirs along the river that are used for hydroelectric power generation, irrigation, and flood control. The river is also important for agriculture as it provides irrigation to several farms in the area. However, the river faces challenges with water pollution and habitat degradation, leading to efforts to improve water quality and restore salmon populations.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Puyallup River Near Electron
USGS 12092000
461 cfs 4.38 ft 17.01
Puyallup River Near Orting
USGS 12093500
496 cfs 5.34 ft 8.06
Puyallup River At Alderton
USGS 12096500
1080 cfs 46.49 ft 0
Puyallup River At Puyallup
USGS 12101500
2290 cfs 11.93 ft 0.88

Peak Annual Discharge

Puyallup River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Puyallup River Year Over Year Discharge


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