Yellowstone River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather


Yellowstone River Levels

June 21 2024

282,764 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-16510.0 cfs (-10.38%) since yesterday
68.89% of normal Low

Total streamflow across the Yellowstone River was last observed at 142,560 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 282,764 acre-ft of water today; about 69% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 206,942 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2011-05-25 when daily discharge volume was observed at 448,060 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Yellowstone River Near Sidney Mt reporting a streamflow rate of 29,500 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Yellowstone River At Glendive Mt with a gauge stage of 47.14 ft. This river is monitored from 9 different streamgauging stations along the Yellowstone River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 7,731 ft, the Yellowstone River At Yellowstone Lk Outlet Ynp.

Last Updated 2024-06-21
Streamflow 142,560.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 68.89%
Maximum 448,060.0 cfs
2011-05-25

About the yellowstone river


The Yellowstone River is a major tributary of the Missouri River, spanning 692 miles from its source in Wyoming to its mouth in North Dakota. The river played a significant role in the history of the American West, including the Lewis and Clark expedition. It also served as a major transportation route for fur traders and settlers. The river is fed by snowmelt and precipitation, with the highest flows occurring in the spring and early summer. The river has several reservoirs, including the Buffalo Bill, Yellowtail, and Fort Peck dams. These provide hydroelectric power, irrigation, and flood control. Recreational activities, such as fishing, boating, and camping, are popular along the river. The river also supports agricultural activities, including cattle grazing and crop irrigation.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Yellowstone River At Yellowstone Lk Outlet Ynp
USGS 06186500
4410 cfs 6.04 ft -1.34
Yellowstone River Near Altonah
USGS 09292500
334 cfs 1.75 ft 5.36
Yellowstone River At Corwin Springs Mt
USGS 06191500
7140 cfs 4.98 ft -4.8
Yellowstone River Near Livingston Mt
USGS 06192500
9710 cfs 4.8 ft -5.73
Yellowstone River At Billings Mt
USGS 06214500
15500 cfs 6.43 ft -11.93
Yellowstone River At Forsyth Mt
USGS 06295000
22300 cfs 5.21 ft -10.44
Yellowstone River At Miles City Mt
USGS 06309000
24800 cfs 7.23 ft -12.37
Yellowstone River At Glendive Mt
USGS 06327500
29200 cfs 47.14 ft -9.88
Yellowstone River Near Sidney Mt
USGS 06329500
29500 cfs 9.25 ft -12.2

Peak Annual Discharge

Yellowstone River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Yellowstone River Year Over Year Discharge


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