Sangamon River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather


Sangamon River Levels

June 22 2024

6,574 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-536.0 cfs (-13.92%) since yesterday
22.05% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Sangamon River was last observed at 3,314 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 6,574 acre-ft of water today; about 22% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 15,029 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2016-01-01 when daily discharge volume was observed at 192,837 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Sangamon River Near Oakford reporting a streamflow rate of 1,550 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Sangamon River At Monticello with a gauge stage of 6.45 ft. This river is monitored from 6 different streamgauging stations along the Sangamon River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 693 ft, the Sangamon River At Fisher.

Last Updated 2024-06-22
Streamflow 3,314.4 cfs
Percent of Normal 22.05%
Maximum 192,837.0 cfs
2016-01-01

About the sangamon river


The Sangamon River is a 246-mile-long tributary of the Illinois River. The river has a rich history, having been used by Native Americans for hunting and fishing. The river was also an important transportation route in the 19th century, with steamboats and barges carrying goods up and down the river.

The river's hydrology is influenced by several reservoirs and dams, including the Sangchris Lake Dam and the Lake Decatur Dam. These structures help regulate the river's flow and provide water for municipal and agricultural use.

Recreational activities on the Sangamon River include fishing, boating, and swimming. The river is also popular for hiking and camping, with several state parks located along its banks.

Agricultural use of the Sangamon River is significant, with farmers using the river's water for irrigation and livestock watering. However, agricultural runoff can also pose a threat to the river's water quality, leading to issues such as nutrient pollution and algal blooms.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Sangamon River At Fisher
USGS 05570910
82 cfs 6.08 ft -5.67
Sangamon River At Monticello
USGS 05572000
197 cfs 6.45 ft -9.22
Sangamon River At Rt 48 At Decatur
USGS 05573540
88 cfs 2.87 ft -65.12
Sangamon River At Riverton
USGS 05576500
645 cfs 4.71 ft -7.06
Sangamon River At Petersburg
USGS 05578000
753 cfs 5.64 ft -10.46
Sangamon River Near Oakford
USGS 05583000
1550 cfs 4.7 ft -11.93

Peak Annual Discharge

Sangamon River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Sangamon River Year Over Year Discharge


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