Wapsipinicon River

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Wapsipinicon River Levels

June 13 2024

16,635 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-741.0 cfs (-8.12%) since yesterday
89.91% of Normal 4 Streamgauges

Total streamflow across the Wapsipinicon River was last observed at 8,387 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 16,635 acre-ft of water today; about 90% of normal. Average streamflow for this time of year is 9,328 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2018-09-09 when daily discharge volume was observed at 64,950 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Wapsipinicon River Near De Witt reporting a streamflow rate of 3,730 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Wapsipinicon River Near Tripoli with a gauge stage of 9.43 ft. This river is monitored from 4 different streamgauging stations along the Wapsipinicon River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 1,019 ft, the Wapsipinicon River Near Tripoli.

Last Updated 2024-06-13
Streamflow 8,387.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 89.91%
Maximum 64,950.0 cfs

About the wapsipinicon river

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.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Wapsipinicon River Near Tripoli
USGS 05420680
417 cfs 9.43 ft -10.9
Wapsipinicon River At Independence
USGS 05421000
1560 cfs 6.09 ft -17.46
Wapsipinicon River Near Anamosa
USGS 05421740
2680 cfs 8.16 ft -7.9
Wapsipinicon River Near De Witt
USGS 05422000
3730 cfs 9.31 ft -3.37

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