Yellowstone River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather

Yellowstone River Levels

September 21 2023

70,731 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-400.0 cfs (-1.11%) since yesterday
101.39% of Normal 9 Streamgauges

Total streamflow across the Yellowstone River was last observed at 35,660 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 70,731 acre-ft of water today; about 101% of normal. Average streamflow for this time of year is 35,171 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 At Glendive Mt reporting a streamflow rate of 7,770 cfs. This is also the highest stage along the Yellowstone River, with a gauge stage of 43.52 ft at this location. 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 2023-09-21
Streamflow 35,660.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 101.39%
Maximum 448,060.0 cfs

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
1000 cfs 3.67 ft -0.99
Yellowstone River Near Altonah
USGS 09292500
144 cfs 1.29 ft -7.1
Yellowstone River At Corwin Springs Mt
USGS 06191500
1610 cfs 1.84 ft 0.63
Yellowstone River Near Livingston Mt
USGS 06192500
1930 cfs 0.71 ft 1.05
Yellowstone River At Billings Mt
USGS 06214500
3700 cfs 3.1 ft -0.54
Yellowstone River At Forsyth Mt
USGS 06295000
6480 cfs 2.21 ft -1.07
Yellowstone River At Miles City Mt
USGS 06309000
6630 cfs 3.49 ft -4.74
Yellowstone River At Glendive Mt
USGS 06327500
7770 cfs 43.52 ft 0.39
Yellowstone River Near Sidney Mt
USGS 06329500
6540 cfs 3.57 ft -0.46

Peak Annual Discharge

Yellowstone River Maximum Total Discharge

Seasonal Comparison

Yellowstone River Year Over Year Discharge

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