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Arkansas River at Parkdale Stage (ft)Flow (cfs)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesPDLC2(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (12:49PM Feb 27, 2021)Flood Stage is 9 ft
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Datum: NGVD29
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: Stage data may not be available during winter months.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Arkansas River at Parkdale 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) 9.13 ft on 06/09/1985
(2) 8.82 ft on 06/18/1995
(3) 8.74 ft on 06/18/2015 (P)
(4) 8.07 ft on 06/12/1980
(5) 8.06 ft on 06/26/1983
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 8.74 ft on 06/18/2015 (P)
(2) 7.22 ft on 06/02/2014
(3) 6.66 ft on 07/01/2011
(4) 7.82 ft on 06/06/2010
(5) 6.98 ft on 06/20/2008
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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12 Water reaches the base of the bridge near Parkdale
11.5 Significant flooding occurs in Canon City
11 Water rises to the base of the bridge at Texas Creek
10 Flood waters impact homes and businesses along the river between Cotopaxi and Texas Creek
9.5 Water rises over railroad tracks in low spots along the river from Parkdale to Portland
9 Minor agricultural flooding of fields and pastures along the river occurs
8.5 Water threatens Five Points Campground near Spikebuck
8 Water threatens low spots along Highway 50 east of Cotopaxi
7 The river is bankfull
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Latitude: 38.487222° N, Longitude: 105.373056° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD27

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 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 5720.00 ft 5729.00 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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