USGS Water-Year Summary 2020
02489000 PEARL RIVER NEAR COLUMBIA, MS
LOCATION - Lat 31°14'16", long 89°50'49" referenced to North American Datum of 1983, in NE 1/4 NW 1/4 sec.07, T.3 N., R.18 W., Marion County, MS, Hydrologic Unit 03180004, St. Stephens Meridian, on downstream side of bridge on U.S. Highway 98, 1.5 mi southwest of Columbia, 2.0 mi downstream from Fernwood, Columbia and Gulf Railroad bridge, 2.2 mi upstream from Silver Creek and at mile 137.8.
DRAINAGE AREA - 5,720 mi².
PERIOD OF RECORD - October 1928 to September 1954 (monthly discharge only for January to August 1930, published in WSP 1304) October 1998 to September 1999 (high-water records only) and October 1999 to current year. January 1972 to 1999 (gage heights only). Gage-height records collected at same site November 1904 to December 1971 are contained in reports of National Weather Service.
GAGE - Water-stage recorder. Datum of gage is 115.81 ft above NGVD of 1929 (levels by U. S. Army Corps of Engineers). Prior to August 1928, nonrecording gages at various sites and datum in the vicinity maintained by National Weather Service. August 1928 to May 26, 1934, nonrecording gage at site 1.0 mi downstream at datum 0.37 ft higher. May 26, 1934 to September 1954, water-stage recorder at present site and datum.
EXTREMES OUTSIDE PERIOD OF RECORD - Flood of 1874 reached a stage of about 31 ft, from information by National Weather Service.