Root River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Root River Levels

September 21 2023

1,220 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-9.0 cfs (-1.44%) since yesterday
47.1% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Root River was last observed at 615 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 1,220 acre-ft of water today; about 47% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 1,306 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2016-09-24 when daily discharge volume was observed at 29,110 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Root River Near Houston reporting a streamflow rate of 463 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Root River At Grange Avenue At Greenfield with a gauge stage of 10.54 ft. This river is monitored from 6 different streamgauging stations along the Root River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 855 ft, the Root River Near Pilot Mound.

Last Updated 2023-09-21
Streamflow 615.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 47.1%
Maximum 29,110.0 cfs

About the root river

The Root River is a 80-mile-long river in southeastern Minnesota that runs through the Root River Valley. It has played an important role in the state's history, serving as a transportation route for people and goods. The river is fed by numerous tributaries and has a drainage area of about 1,800 square miles. The river's hydrology has been affected by human activities and development, leading to issues such as erosion and pollution. Specific reservoirs and dams along the river include the Forestville Dam, the Lanesboro Dam, and the Lake Byllesby Dam. The river is popular for recreational activities such as fishing, boating, and hiking. Agricultural uses include irrigation and livestock grazing. Efforts have been made to restore and protect the river's ecosystem through various conservation initiatives.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Root River Near Pilot Mound
USGS 05383950
152 cfs 7.67 ft 0
Root River At Grange Avenue At Greenfield
USGS 04087214
2 cfs 10.54 ft 56.2
Root River Canal Near Franklin
USGS 04087233
5 cfs 2 ft 30.03
Root River Near Franklin
USGS 04087220
7 cfs 1.96 ft 61.67
Root River Near Houston
USGS 05385000
463 cfs 3.32 ft -1.91
Root River At Racine
USGS 04087240
18 cfs 2.33 ft -27.57

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Root River Year Over Year Discharge

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