USGS Water-Year Summary 2021
05476500 Des Moines River at Estherville, IA
LOCATION - Lat 43°23'51", long 94°50'38" referenced to North American Datum of 1927, in SW 1/4 NW 1/4 NE 1/4 sec.15, T.99 N., R.34 W., Emmet County, IA, Hydrologic Unit 07100002, on right bank 1,100 ft downstream from bridge on State Highway 9 in Estherville, 350 ft upstream from School Creek, 2.3 mi upstream from Brown Creek, and 404.2 mi upstream from mouth.
DRAINAGE AREA - 1,372 mi².
- WSP 1438: Drainage area.
PERIOD OF RECORD - Discharge records from October 1951 to May 1995; stage-only records from March 2009 to current year (no winter records). Prior to December 1951, monthly mean discharge for some periods published in WSP 1728.
GAGE - Water-stage recorder and concrete control. Datum of gage is 1,247.55 ft above National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929.
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD - Maximum discharge, 16,000 ft³/s, April 12, 1969, gage height, 17.68 ft, from high-water mark; minimum discharge, no flow, January 16-18, 1977.