Wapsipinicon River

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Wapsipinicon River Levels

June 6 2023

4,264 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-74.0 cfs (-3.33%) since yesterday
22.75% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Wapsipinicon River was last observed at 2150 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 4264 acre-ft of water today; about 23% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 9450 cfs, with recent peaks last observed at 64,950 cfs on 2018-09-09.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Wapsipinicon River Near De Witt reporting a streamflow rate of 928 cfs. However, the deepest point on the river is located at the Wapsipinicon River Near Tripoli with a gage stage of 8.35 ft. This river is monitored from 4 different streamgauging stations along the Wapsipinicon River, the highest being perched at an elevation of 1,019 ft, the Wapsipinicon River Near Tripoli.

River Summary: The Wapsipinicon River is a 290-mile-long river that flows through Iowa and Minnesota. Its name comes from the Meskwaki word "Wapsie," meaning "white potato," and "Pinicon," meaning "river of the light-colored soil." The river has a rich history, with Native American tribes using it for transportation and fishing, and European settlers using it for mills and power. Today, the Wapsipinicon River is used for recreational activities like fishing, boating, and camping, and for agricultural purposes like irrigation and livestock watering. There are several reservoirs and dams on the river, including the Lake Delhi Dam, which was destroyed in 2010 and rebuilt in 2014, and the Central City Dam, which was built in 1914 and still provides hydroelectric power. Despite occasional flooding, the Wapsipinicon River remains an important part of Iowa's natural and cultural heritage.

Last Updated 2023-06-06
Streamflow 2,150.0 cfs
Percent Normal 22.75%
Maximum 64,950.0 cfs

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