USGS Water-Year Summary 2022
07167500 OTTER CREEK AT CLIMAX, KS
LOCATION - Lat 37°42'29.49", long 96°13'23.87" referenced to North American Datum of 1983, in sec.08, T.27 S., R.11 E., Greenwood County, KS, Hydrologic Unit 11070102, on right bank at downstream side of bridge on Kansas Highway 99, 0.5 mi south of Climax, 5.2 mi upstream from mouth, and 5.5 mi downstream from confluence of North and South Branches.
DRAINAGE AREA - 129 mi².
PERIOD OF RECORD - October 1946 to current year.
Water-stage recorder. Old datum of gage is 977.76 ft above NGVD of 1929 (levels by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers).
Current datum of gage is 978.31 ft. above msl (NAVD88). Obtained Oct. 1, 2019 using Trimble R10 unit set 1.55 meters over RM7 (base) for 1-hour rapid static solution processed by OPUS.
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD - Maximum known flood reached a stage of 31.47 ft on July 3, 1976 (discharge 107,000 cfs indirect measurement).
Flood of Sept. 13, 1961 had a stage of 28.50 ft, discharge 44,000 cfs from rating curve extended above 17,000 cfs.
Flood of Mar. 4, 2004 reached a stage of 25.65 ft, discharge of 24,000 cfs, determined from indirect measurement while flood of Aug. 25, 2005 reached a stage of 28.39 ft, discharge of 43,700 cfs.
Flood of Oct. 7, 2016, had a stage of 29.24 ft. which is 63,700 cfs according to the most recent rating. Flow over the road 1,500 ft. south of the gage is estimated to have occurred around a stage of 28.75 ft.