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Missouri River at the Garrison Dam Pool (ft)Observed: 1839.71 ft at 12:00AM Dec 01, 2023Observed: 1839.6 ft at 12:00AM Dec 02, 2023Observed: 1839.61 ft at 12:00AM Dec 03, 2023Observed: 1839.59 ft at 12:00AM Dec 04, 2023Observed: 1839.6 ft at 12:00AM Dec 05, 2023Observed: 1839.52 ft at 12:00AM Dec 06, 2023Observed: 1839.5 ft at 12:00AM Dec 07, 2023Highest Observation: 1839.89 ft at 12:00AM Dec 08, 2023Observed: 1839.75 ft at 12:00AM Dec 09, 2023USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesGARN8(plotting HPIRZ) Graph Created (4:00AM Dec 10, 2023)ObservedLatest observed value: 1839.75 ft at 12:00 AM CST 9-Dec-2023.
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Datum: NGVD29
NOTE: Forecasts are not available for the Missouri River at the Garrison Dam. Only observed stages are available for this point.
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Historic Crests
(1) 1,854.80 ft on 07/25/1975
(2) 1,854.60 ft on 07/01/2011
(3) 1,854.60 ft on 08/31/1975
(4) 1,854.40 ft on 07/07/1997
(5) 1,853.70 ft on 06/30/1997
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 1,854.60 ft on 07/01/2011
(2) 1,817.80 ft on 07/17/2007
(3) 1,818.30 ft on 07/10/2007
(4) 1,817.84 ft on 07/17/2005
(5) 1,810.00 ft on 12/31/2004
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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1854 Water at this level equals the top of the emergency spillway gates.
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Latitude: 47.502778° N, Longitude: 101.430556° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD27

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NWS stage 0 ft Not Available Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
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NAVD88 1.314 Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other Not Available Not Available USACE lat/long used to conversion to NAVD88.

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