USGS Water-Year Summary 2021
02105500 CAPE FEAR RIVER AT WILLIAM O. HUSKE LOCK NEAR TAR HEEL, NC
LOCATION - Lat 34°50'08", long 78°49'25" referenced to North American Datum of 1983, Bladen County, NC, Hydrologic Unit 03030005, on right bank 100 ft upstream from William O. Huske Lock, 1 mi downstream of Cumberland-Bladen County line, 7 mi north of Tar Heel, 9 mi upstream from Phillips Creek, and at river mile 123.
DRAINAGE AREA - 4,852 mi².
- WDR NC-81-1: Drainage area.
PERIOD OF RECORD - October 1937 to current year. Prior to October 1964, published as "Cape Fear River at Lock 3 near Tarheel".
GAGE - Water-stage recorder and concrete lock and dam control. Datum of gage is 28.97 ft above NGVD of 1929. Prior to January 8, 1939, nonrecording gage on upper lock wall 100 ft downstream at same datum. Auxiliary water-stage recorder 1.8 mi downstream of base gage; prior to January 14, 1943, auxiliary nonrecording gage 400 ft downstream on lower end of lock wall; January 14, 1943, to September 30, 1953, auxiliary water-stage recorder at site 600 ft downstream. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers satellite telemetry at streamgage.
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD - Maximum Discharge: 87,400 ft³/s, September 19, 2018; Maximum Gage Height: 38.66 ft, September 20, 2018, as a result of Hurricane Florence. Minimum mean daily discharge, 154 ft³/s, August 13, 1999.
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD PRIOR TO REGULATION - Maximum discharge not determined.
PERIOD OF RECORD - October 2003 to current year. Precipitation records prior to October 2003, are unreliable and should not be used.
INSTRUMENTATION - Tipping-bucket raingage. Satellite telemetry at station.