USGS Water-Year Summary 2017
06437000 BELLE FOURCHE RIVER NEAR STURGIS, SD
LOCATION - Lat 44°30'47", long 103°08'11" referenced to North American Datum of 1927, in SE 1/4 NW 1/4 sec.03, T.6 N., R.8 E., Meade County, SD, Hydrologic Unit 10120202, on right bank near upstream end of bridge on State Highway 34, 0.5 mi upstream from Bear Butte Creek, and 20 mi northeast of Sturgis.
DRAINAGE AREA - 5,798 mi² of which 6 mi² probably is noncontributing.
- WDR SD-10-1: Drainage area.
PERIOD OF RECORD - October 1945 to current year. Monthly discharge only for some periods, published in WSP 1309.
GAGE - Water-stage recorder and crest-stage gage. Datum of gage is 2,527.31 ft above NAVD of 1988. Prior to Oct. 31, 1946, nonrecording gage at same site and datum.
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD PRIOR TO REGULATION - Maximum discharge prior to Sept. 30, 1953, 17,900 ft³/s, May 24, 1946, gage height, 13.86 ft; minimum daily discharge, 0.00 ft³/s, no flow for many days in 1945 and 1950.