South River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

South River Levels

September 22 2023


Discharge Volume Today
-21.5 cfs (-6.5%) since yesterday
47.06% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the South River was last observed at 309 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 614 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 657 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2014-08-24 when daily discharge volume was observed at 28,489 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the South River At Klondike Road reporting a streamflow rate of 119 cfs. This is also the highest stage along the South River, with a gauge stage of 5.12 ft at this location. This river is monitored from 8 different streamgauging stations along the South River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 1,327 ft, the South River Near Waynesboro.

Last Updated 2023-09-22
Streamflow 309.4 cfs
Percent of Normal 47.06%
Maximum 28,489.0 cfs

About the south river

The South River is a 58-mile-long tributary of the North River in Virginia. Historically, the river was used for transportation and industry, with mills and factories built along its banks. Today, the river is primarily used for recreational purposes, such as fishing and kayaking. The South River is also important for agriculture, with surrounding farms using its water for irrigation. The river is regulated by several dams, including the Waynesboro Reservoir and the South River Dam. The Waynesboro Reservoir provides drinking water for the city of Waynesboro, while the South River Dam serves as a flood control structure. The South River is a valuable resource for both the environment and the community, with efforts being made to protect and restore its water quality.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
South River Near Waynesboro
USGS 01626000
29 cfs 2.41 ft 0
South River Near Dooms
USGS 01626850
52 cfs 2.27 ft 2.77
South River At Harriston
USGS 01627500
57 cfs 2.11 ft -3.7
South River Near Ackworth
USGS 05487470
4 cfs 5.02 ft -42.88
South River At Forest Park Road
USGS 02203655
14 cfs 3 ft -3.55
South River At Flakes Mill Road Nr Atlanta
USGS 02203900
52 cfs 2.34 ft -4.9
South River At Klondike Road
USGS 02204070
119 cfs 5.12 ft -13.14
South River Near Conway
USGS 01169900
28 cfs 1.87 ft -26.94

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South River Maximum Total Discharge

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South River Year Over Year Discharge

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