Upper Iowa River

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Upper Iowa River Levels

June 9 2023

2,850 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-58.0 cfs (-3.88%) since yesterday
66.92% of normal Low

Total streamflow across the Upper Iowa River was last observed at 1437 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 2850 acre-ft of water today; about 67% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 2147 cfs, with recent peaks last observed at 34,000 cfs on 2013-06-24.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Upper Iowa River Near Dorchester reporting a streamflow rate of 627 cfs. This is also the deepest point on the Upper Iowa River, with a gage stage of 7.47 ft. This river is monitored from 3 different streamgauging stations along the Upper Iowa River, the highest being perched at an elevation of 970 ft, the Upper Iowa River At Bluffton.

River Summary: The Upper Iowa River is a 156-mile-long tributary of the Mississippi River that flows through the northeast region of Iowa. The river originates in the highlands of Minnesota and flows through a series of rapids, pools, and limestone bluffs before entering the Mississippi. The river has a significant history, with early settlers using it for transportation and powering mills. Today, the river is mainly used for recreational purposes such as fishing, canoeing, and camping. There are several dams and reservoirs along the river, including the Lake Hendricks Dam and the Upper Iowa Dam, which provide hydroelectric power and serve as popular recreational areas. The agricultural industry also benefits from the river, with local farmers using the river for irrigation and livestock watering.

Last Updated 2023-06-09
Streamflow 1,437.0 cfs
Percent Normal 66.92%
Maximum 34,000.0 cfs

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