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Wisconsin River at Muscoda Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesMUSW3(plotting HGIRP) Graph Created (4:30PM Feb 21, 2019)Flood Stage is 9 ft
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NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 48 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Wisconsin River at Muscoda are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 11
Moderate Flood Stage: 10
Flood Stage: 9
Action Stage: 7
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 11.48 ft on 09/16/1938
(2) 11.10 ft on 06/11/1881
(3) 10.60 ft on 04/16/1922
(4) 10.36 ft on 03/20/1973
(5) 10.34 ft on 06/26/1993
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 9.57 ft on 09/30/2010
(2) 8.62 ft on 06/15/2008
(3) 8.20 ft on 06/18/2004
(4) 8.18 ft on 05/17/2003
(5) 8.27 ft on 04/16/2001
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -0.22 ft on 09/25/1976
(2) 0.01 ft on 08/05/1944
(3) 0.28 ft on 07/30/2006

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13.8 The water reaches the low steel on the Highway 80 Bridge over the river.
11 Widespread lowland flooding is likely but the town of Muscoda should remain above the flood waters.
10 There is extensive lowland flooding. However no flooding has been reported in Muscoda in previous years.
9.6 Homes on W Lakeshore Drive and E Lakeshore Drive along Avoca Lake (inlet of Wisconsin River) begin sandbagging.
9.5 Flooding may impact some homes in Boscobel.
9 The river begins to go out of its banks in some locations with only minor flooding.
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Latitude: 43.198300° N, Longitude: 90.443100° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 9 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 666.55 ft 675.55 ft Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 666.77 ft 675.77 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other Not Available Not Available  

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