Turkey River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Turkey River Levels

September 21 2023


Discharge Volume Today
-5.6 cfs (-1.15%) since yesterday
7.48% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Turkey River was last observed at 480 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 951 acre-ft of water today; about 7% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 6,407 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2021-08-29 when daily discharge volume was observed at 67,780 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Turkey River At Garber reporting a streamflow rate of 218 cfs. This is also the highest stage along the Turkey River, with a gauge stage of 5.5 ft at this location. This river is monitored from 4 different streamgauging stations along the Turkey River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 1,067 ft, the Turkey River At Spillville.

Last Updated 2023-09-21
Streamflow 479.5 cfs
Percent of Normal 7.48%
Maximum 67,780.0 cfs

About the turkey river

The Turkey River is a 180-mile-long river located in northeastern Iowa. It was named after the wild turkeys that roamed the area. The river has played an important role in the area's history, serving as a transportation route for Native Americans and early settlers. The river's hydrology has been impacted by agricultural practices, causing increased sedimentation and nutrient pollution. Several reservoirs and dams have been constructed on the river, including the Martelle Dam and Backbone Lake. These provide recreational opportunities for fishing and boating. The river is also used for agricultural purposes, with many farms located along its banks. Despite these uses, conservation efforts have been put in place to protect the river's natural ecosystem, including riparian buffer zones and wetland restoration projects.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Turkey River At Spillville
USGS 05411600
20 cfs 1.7 ft -4.78
Turkey River Near Eldorado
USGS 05411850
88 cfs 5.07 ft 1.62
Turkey River Above French Hollow Cr At Elkader
USGS 05412020
154 cfs 5.16 ft 0
Turkey River At Garber
USGS 05412500
218 cfs 5.5 ft -2.68

Peak Annual Discharge

Turkey River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Turkey River Year Over Year Discharge

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