SOUTH PLATTE RIVER

SOUTH PLATTE RIVER

River Levels Streamgages Weather


Total streamflow across the South Platte River was last observed at 594 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 1,178 acre-ft of water today; about 9% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 6,257 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2015-06-16 when daily discharge volume was observed at 90,736 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the South Platte River At South Platte reporting a streamflow rate of 604.00 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the South Platte River Below Union Ave with a gauge stage of 11.84 ft. This river is monitored from 17 different streamgauging stations along the South Platte River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 8,457 ft, the South Platte River Near Lake George.

The South Platte River is a tributary of the Platte River and flows through Colorado and Nebraska. It is 435 miles long and has a rich history of being used for transportation, irrigation, and recreation. The river originates in the Rocky Mountains and runs through several reservoirs and dams, including Eleven Mile Canyon Reservoir and Chatfield Reservoir. These reservoirs are used for irrigation, hydroelectric power, and flood control. The South Platte River also provides recreational opportunities such as fishing, kayaking, and camping. In addition to its recreational uses, the river is an important source of water for agriculture, including crops such as corn, wheat, and alfalfa. Despite its many uses, the South Platte River faces threats of pollution and overuse, highlighting the importance of responsible management and conservation efforts.

July 19, 2024

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Last Updated 2024-07-19
Discharge Volume 1,178 ACRE-FT
Streamflow 594.0 cfs
-82.0 cfs (-12.13%)
Percent of Normal 9.49%
Maximum 90,736.0 cfs
2015-06-16
Seasonal Avg 6,257 cfs
Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
South Platte River Near Lake George
USGS 06696000
217 cfs 1.62 ft -2.69
South Platte River Above Cheesman Lake
USGS 06700000
240 cfs 5.51 ft -13.36
South Platte River Below Cheesman Lake
USGS 06701500
448 cfs 2.30 ft -10.58
South Platte River At South Platte
USGS 06707500
604 cfs 3.34 ft -8.35
South Platte River At Waterton
USGS 06708000
128 cfs 1.00 ft -28.49
South Platte River Below Union Ave
USGS 06710247
212 cfs 11.84 ft 18.44
South Platte River At Englewood
USGS 06711565
235 cfs 1.95 ft 24.34
South Platte River At Denver
USGS 06714000
147 cfs 3.00 ft 10.53
South Platte River At Henderson
USGS 06720500
351 cfs 3.88 ft -7.14
South Platte River At Fort Lupton
USGS 06721000
354 cfs 3.56 ft -11.28
South Platte River Near Kersey
USGS 06754000
140 cfs 1.72 ft -13.04
South Platte River At Masters
USGS 06756995
267 cfs 2.71 ft 0
South Platte River Near Weldona
USGS 06758500
118 cfs 1.96 ft -29.76
South Platte River At Fort Morgan
USGS 06759500
236 cfs 9.3 ft 12.92
South Platte River At Cooper Bridge
USGS 06759910
160 cfs 2.15 ft -13.51
South Platte River Near Crook
USGS 06760500
25 cfs 2.05 ft 3.75
South Platte River At Roscoe Nebr
USGS 06764880
8 cfs 2.31 ft -10.14

Regional Streamflow

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Cubic Feet Per Second

4

Cubic Feet Per Second

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Historical River Levels

The South Platte River is one of the two principal tributaries of the Platte River. Flowing through the U.S. states of Colorado and Nebraska, it is itself a major river of the American Midwest and the American Southwest/Mountain West. Its drainage basin includes much of the eastern flank of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado; much of the populated region known as the Colorado Front Range and Eastern Plains; and a portion of southeastern Wyoming in the vicinity of the city of Cheyenne. It joins the North Platte River in western Nebraska to form the Platte, which then flows across Nebraska to the Missouri. The river serves as the principal source of water for eastern Colorado. In its valley along the foothills in Colorado, it has permitted agriculture in an area of the Colorado Piedmont and Great Plains that is otherwise arid.



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