Wapsipinicon River Levels
June 6 2023
Discharge Volume Today-74.0 cfs (-3.33%) since yesterday
22.75% of normal • Very Low
Total streamflow across the
was last observed at
cfs, and is expected to yield approximately
acre-ft of water today; about 23%
River levels are low and may signify a drought.
Average streamflow for this time of year is
with recent peaks last observed at
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.