USGS Water-Year Summary 2020
02145000 SOUTH FORK CATAWBA RIVER AT LOWELL, NC
LOCATION - Lat 35°17'07", long 81°06'04" referenced to North American Datum of 1983, Gaston County, NC, Hydrologic Unit 03050102, on right bank 50 ft north of private mill road, 120 ft downstream of Housers Creek, 2.5 mi upstream from bridge on Interstate Highway 85, 3.0 mi downstream of Long Creek and 1.0 mi north of Lowell.
DRAINAGE AREA - 628 mi².
- WSP 1002: 1943, minimum discharge. WSP 1303: 1950, maximum discharge.
PERIOD OF RECORD - January 1942 to September 1971, October 1983 to current year.
GAGE - Water-stage recorder and crest-stage gage. Datum of gage is 602.28 ft above North American Vertical Datum of 1988. Satellite telemetry at streamgage.
EXTREMES OUTSIDE PERIOD OF RECORD - The flood of August 15, 1940, reached a stage of 21.33 ft, from floodmarks; discharge, 34,000 ft³/s. Depth of flow over dam during the July 1916 flood at High Shoals, 11 mi upstream, was about 1 ft higher than that for August 1940, from information by local resident.