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Suwannee River at Manatee Springs - Source (in NAVD88) Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesMSPF1(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (9:07AM May 27, 2020)Flood Stage is 9.5 ft
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Datum: NGVD29
NOTE: Gauge reading affected by tides.

NOTE: Flood stages and impact descriptions for this site are referenced to the NAVD88 datum. Additional datum information can be found at the bottom of this page.

NOTE: Forecasts are not available for the Suwannee River at Manatee Springs - Source (in NAVD88). Only observed stages are available for this point.

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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Manatee Springs (in NAVD88)
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 15.5
Moderate Flood Stage: 12.5
Flood Stage: 9.5
Action Stage: 7
Low Stage (in feet): 1

Historic Crests
(1) 16.00 ft on 04/14/1948
(2) 13.00 ft on 04/21/1973
(3) 12.65 ft on 04/16/1984
(4) 11.00 ft on 04/02/1959
(5) 11.00 ft on 01/28/1987
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 8.82 ft on 03/26/2003
(2) 10.91 ft on 03/21/1991
(3) 11.00 ft on 01/28/1987
(4) 10.90 ft on 01/27/1986
(5) 12.65 ft on 04/16/1984
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.

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13.4 Water will cover county road 347 and Fowler Bluff Cutoff.
11.5 Water will reach the concession stand in the park.
10 Minor lowland flooding begins.
8.5 Water will rise over the boardwalk at the state park.
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Latitude: 29.490000° N, Longitude: 82.976944° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 9.5 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 Not Available 10.0 Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other Not Available Not Available  

Current/Historical Observations:

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Data displayed here is from the MSPF1 backup gage located directly on Manatee Spring about 1/4 mile from the official Manatee Spring forecast point MTSF1. MTSF1 is located directly on the Suwannee River. MSPF1 is used only when MTSF1 is out of service. Crests at MSPF1 lag about one hour and are about 1/4 foot lower than readings at MTSF1 due to upstream attenuation. Otherwise readings should be fairly similar.
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