Wisconsin River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Wisconsin River Levels

October 2 2023

26,257 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-52.0 cfs (-0.39%) since yesterday
59.54% of normal Low

Total streamflow across the Wisconsin River was last observed at 13,238 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 26,257 acre-ft of water today; about 60% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 22,235 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2019-04-19 when daily discharge volume was observed at 190,510 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Wisconsin River At Muscoda reporting a streamflow rate of 4,710 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Wisconsin River At Rothschild with a gauge stage of 13.6 ft. This river is monitored from 6 different streamgauging stations along the Wisconsin River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 1,582 ft, the Wisconsin River @ Rainbow Lake Nr Lake Tomahawk.

Last Updated 2023-10-02
Streamflow 13,238.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 59.54%
Maximum 190,510.0 cfs

About the wisconsin river

The Wisconsin River is a major tributary of the Mississippi River, stretching over 430 miles from its source in northern Wisconsin to its confluence with the Mississippi River. The river has a rich history, once serving as a major transportation route for fur traders and loggers. Today, the river plays an important role in Wisconsin's economy, supporting hydroelectric power, agriculture, and recreation. The river is home to several large reservoirs, including Lake Wisconsin, Petenwell Lake, and Castle Rock Lake, which are used for power generation and flood control. The river is also a popular destination for fishing, boating, and camping. Agricultural uses of the river include irrigation for crops and livestock watering. The hydrology of the Wisconsin River is closely monitored to ensure sustainable use and protection of this valuable resource.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Wisconsin River @ Rainbow Lake Nr Lake Tomahawk
USGS 05391000
378 cfs 1.6 ft -0.53
Wisconsin River At Merrill
USGS 05395000
1460 cfs 4.42 ft -5.81
Wisconsin River At Rothschild
USGS 05398000
2170 cfs 13.6 ft 45.64
Wisconsin River At Wisconsin Rapids
USGS 05400760
1610 cfs 2.7 ft -3.01
Wisconsin River Near Wisconsin Dells
USGS 05404000
2910 cfs 2.12 ft -20.92
Wisconsin River At Muscoda
USGS 05407000
4710 cfs 0.93 ft 3.97

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Wisconsin River Maximum Total Discharge

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