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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center.
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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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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - near Verdel
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 16
Moderate Flood Stage: 12
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
(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) 3.45 ft on 03/22/2021
(2) 3.60 ft on 03/31/2020
(3) 6.16 ft on 03/25/2019
(4) 3.49 ft on 03/23/2018
(5) 10.31 ft on 02/21/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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Latitude/Longitude Disclaimer: The gauge location shown in the above map is the approximate location based on the latitude/longitude coordinates provided to the NWS by the gauge owner.
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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.
(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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