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Niobrara River near Sparks Stage (ft)Observed: 3.07 ft at 1:30AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 1:45AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 2:00AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.05 ft at 2:15AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 2:30AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 2:45AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.05 ft at 3:00AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.05 ft at 3:15AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 3:30AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 3:45AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 4:00AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 4:15AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 4:30AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 4:45AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 5:00AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 5:15AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 5:30AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 5:45AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 6:00AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 6:15AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 6:30AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 6:45AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 7:00AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 7:15AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 7:30AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 7:45AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 8:00AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.05 ft at 8:15AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 8:30AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 8:45AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 9:00AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 9:15AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 9:30AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 9:45AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 10:00AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 10:15AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 10:30AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 10:45AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 11:00AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 11:15AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 11:30AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 11:45AM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 12:00PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 12:15PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 12:30PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 12:45PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 1:00PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 1:15PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 1:30PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 1:45PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 2:00PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 2:15PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 2:30PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 2:45PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 3:00PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 3:15PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 3:30PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.05 ft at 3:45PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.05 ft at 4:00PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.05 ft at 4:15PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 4:30PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 4:45PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 5:00PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 5:15PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 5:30PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 5:45PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.05 ft at 6:00PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 6:15PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 6:30PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.05 ft at 6:45PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 7:00PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 7:15PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 7:30PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 7:45PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 8:00PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 8:15PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 8:30PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 8:45PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 9:00PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 9:15PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 9:30PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 9:45PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 10:00PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 10:15PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 10:30PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 10:45PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 11:00PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 11:15PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 11:30PM Jul 18, 2019Highest Observation: 3.09 ft at 11:45PM Jul 18, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 12:00AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 12:15AM Jul 19, 2019Highest Observation: 3.09 ft at 12:30AM Jul 19, 2019Highest Observation: 3.09 ft at 12:45AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 1:00AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 1:15AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 1:30AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 1:45AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 2:00AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 2:15AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 2:30AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 2:45AM Jul 19, 2019Highest Observation: 3.09 ft at 3:00AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 3:15AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 3:30AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.08 ft at 3:45AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 4:00AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 4:15AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 4:30AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 4:45AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 5:00AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 5:15AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 5:30AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.07 ft at 5:45AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 6:00AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.05 ft at 6:15AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 6:30AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.05 ft at 6:45AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.05 ft at 7:00AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.05 ft at 7:15AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.04 ft at 7:30AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.05 ft at 7:45AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.05 ft at 8:00AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 8:15AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.04 ft at 8:30AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.04 ft at 8:45AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.05 ft at 9:00AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.04 ft at 9:15AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.05 ft at 9:30AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.04 ft at 9:45AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 10:00AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 10:15AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 10:30AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 10:45AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 11:00AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 11:15AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 11:30AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 11:45AM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 12:00PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 12:15PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 12:30PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 12:45PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 1:00PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 1:15PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 1:30PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 1:45PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 2:00PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 2:15PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 2:30PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 2:45PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 3:00PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 3:15PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 3:30PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 3:45PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 4:00PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 4:15PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 4:30PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 4:45PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 5:00PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.01 ft at 5:15PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.01 ft at 5:30PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 5:45PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.01 ft at 6:00PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.01 ft at 6:15PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 6:30PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 6:45PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 7:00PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 7:15PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 7:30PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 7:45PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.01 ft at 8:00PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 8:15PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 8:30PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 8:45PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 9:00PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 9:15PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 9:30PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 9:45PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 10:00PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 10:15PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 10:30PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 10:45PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 11:00PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 11:15PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 11:30PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 11:45PM Jul 19, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 12:00AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 12:15AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 12:30AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 12:45AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 1:00AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 1:15AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 1:30AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 1:45AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.01 ft at 2:00AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 2:15AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 2:30AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 2:45AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 3:00AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 3:15AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.03 ft at 3:30AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 3:45AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 4:00AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.01 ft at 4:15AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 4:30AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 4:45AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.01 ft at 5:00AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.01 ft at 5:15AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.01 ft at 5:30AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 5:45AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3 ft at 6:00AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.01 ft at 6:15AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3 ft at 6:30AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.01 ft at 6:45AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3 ft at 7:00AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.01 ft at 7:15AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.01 ft at 7:30AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3 ft at 7:45AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3 ft at 8:00AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3 ft at 8:15AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.99 ft at 8:30AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.01 ft at 8:45AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3 ft at 9:00AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3 ft at 9:15AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3 ft at 9:30AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3 ft at 9:45AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.99 ft at 10:00AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3 ft at 10:15AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3.01 ft at 10:30AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3 ft at 10:45AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3 ft at 11:00AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3 ft at 11:15AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.99 ft at 11:30AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3 ft at 11:45AM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.99 ft at 12:00PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.99 ft at 12:15PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.99 ft at 12:30PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.99 ft at 12:45PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 1:00PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.99 ft at 1:15PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.98 ft at 1:30PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.98 ft at 1:45PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 3 ft at 2:00PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.98 ft at 2:15PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.98 ft at 2:30PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 2:45PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.98 ft at 3:00PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 3:15PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.98 ft at 3:30PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 3:45PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.98 ft at 4:00PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 4:15PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.98 ft at 4:30PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 4:45PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 5:00PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.96 ft at 5:15PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 5:30PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.98 ft at 5:45PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 6:00PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 6:15PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 6:30PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.98 ft at 6:45PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 7:00PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.98 ft at 7:15PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.96 ft at 7:30PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.96 ft at 7:45PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 8:00PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 8:15PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 8:30PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.96 ft at 8:45PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.96 ft at 9:00PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.96 ft at 9:15PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 9:30PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 9:45PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 10:00PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 10:15PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.95 ft at 10:30PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.96 ft at 10:45PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 11:00PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 11:15PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.98 ft at 11:30PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.98 ft at 11:45PM Jul 20, 2019Observed: 2.98 ft at 12:00AM Jul 21, 2019Observed: 2.97 ft at 12:15AM Jul 21, 2019USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesSPKN1(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (1:22AM Jul 21, 2019)ObservedLatest observed value: 2.97 ft at 12:15 AM CDT 21-Jul-2019. Flood Stage is 6 ft
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NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 24 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Niobrara River near Sparks 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: 12
Moderate Flood Stage: 10
Flood Stage: 6
Action Stage: 5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 12.17 ft on 02/05/2014
(2) 10.31 ft on 02/21/2018 (P)
(3) 10.06 ft on 02/07/1973
(4) 9.23 ft on 02/07/1994
(5) 8.90 ft on 01/17/2005
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 10.31 ft on 02/21/2018 (P)
(2) 3.52 ft on 02/24/2017
(3) 4.09 ft on 05/22/2016
(4) 4.09 ft on 05/28/2015
(5) 4.57 ft on 01/11/2015
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.

For more information on your flood risk go to www.floodsmart.gov.

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16 Major flood stage with significant flooding along the river. Several homes and cabins along the river may be flooded.
12 Moderate flood stage. Moderate flooding is possible. Cabins and businesses along the river may be impacted by rising water levels.
8 Smith falls campground may begin to flood as well as parking areas along the river.
7 Minor flooding along the left bank downstream from Berry Bridge to Smith Falls Campground.
6 Flood stage. Minor flooding along the lower banks.
5.5 Minor flooding of lowland directly along the river. Recreational intrest's along and on the river may be impacted.
Photos
(1) Waterfall across from the gage
(2) Looking downstream from the gage
(3) Gage house - please note the photo is turned on its side
(4) Looking upstream
(5) Waterfall - across from the gage
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Latitude: 42.902222° N, Longitude: 100.362222° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 6 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
Elevation
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 2287.57 ft 2293.57 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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