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Mississippi River at Red Wing Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)REDM5(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (3:16AM Mar 31, 2015)Flood Stage is 14 ft
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NOTE: Gauge reading may be affected by ice.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Mississippi River at Red Wing are issued routinely during the navigation season, and as needed at other times of the year.

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Upstream Gauge - at Red Wing Lock and Dam #3 - Tailwater Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Lake City
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 16
Moderate Flood Stage: 15
Flood Stage: 14
Action Stage: 12
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 20.70 ft on 04/18/1965
(2) 18.80 ft on 04/17/1969
(3) 18.20 ft on 04/28/2001
(4) 18.10 ft on 04/17/2001
(5) 17.18 ft on 04/12/1997
(6) 17.00 ft on 04/18/1952
(7) 16.40 ft on 04/17/1951
(8) 15.30 ft on 06/28/1993
(9) 14.91 ft on 05/01/1975
(10) 14.90 ft on 04/07/1986
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 14.70 ft on 06/29/2014
(2) 10.34 ft on 06/27/2012
(3) 14.72 ft on 04/15/2011
(4) 12.93 ft on 03/26/2010
(5) 18.20 ft on 04/28/2001
(6) 18.10 ft on 04/17/2001
(7) 17.18 ft on 04/12/1997
(8) 15.30 ft on 06/28/1993
(9) 14.90 ft on 04/07/1986
(10) 14.91 ft on 05/01/1975
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.80 ft on 10/01/2003
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19.7 Red Wing wastewater treatment plant begins to experience flooding.
18.5 Prairie Island power plant begins to prepare for flooding.
17 Milwaukee Road railroad between Red Wing and Hastings begins flooding.
16 Red Wing Milling Company may experience basement flooding and begin pumping.
15 The city of Frontenac and Bay City begin flooding.
14.3 Lock and dam 3 may end operations.
14 Low lying areas and some roads along the river begin to experience flooding.
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(3) Looking Downriver
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Latitude: 44.565833° N, Longitude: 92.541111° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 14 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 664.73 678.73 Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 664.65 678.65 Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other 665.13 ft 679.13 ft  
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