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James River Information

JAMES RIVER INFORMATION-Jamestown and Pipestem Reservoirs are located along the James River and Pipestem Creek immediately north of Jamestown, N.D. Pipestem Reservoir is a United State Army Corps of Engineer (USACE)  project and Jamestown Reservoir is a Bureau of Reclamation project that is regulated by the USACE when the reservoir is in the flood control zone.

*Data from gages on the James River in North Dakota and South Dakota is available on the U.S. Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=06470500

Daily reservoir information is provided by the Corps at

http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/nwo/dailybull.pdf.

--In 2009, the James River at LaMoure gauge had two records created with levels of 17.56ft on April 15th and a high creat of 16.52ft earlier that spring of 16.52ft.

--On April 4, 2019 near midnight, the James River at LaMoure gauge rose to 15.95ft which would overtake the 2010 record level of 15.80ft.

--Heavy Rains in May 2015 caused the river to rise.  The river crested at 12:45AM on Thursday, May 21st at 11.42ft at the LaMoure City Gauge.  Action Flood stage is 12.0 ft.  

--High Flow years mean that more than 160,000 acre-feet need to be discharged.  2012 was a low flow year with less than 50,000 acre-feet discharged versus 2011 was the record year for volume at over 800,000 acre-feet discharged.Other Recent Years of High Maximum combined releases from the Jamestown,Pipestem Reservoirs are below in the table.

YearMaximum Release
Total Annual Discharge Volume (acre-ft)
1997 1800cfs ~445,000
2008NA~10,000
20093200cfs~540,000
20101800cfs~350,000
20112400cfs~840,000
2012NA~40,000
2013NA~280,000

 

Historic Crests

Major flood stage 18ft
James River at LaMoure (Highway 13)(1) 17.56 ft on 04/15/2009 - Record
(2) 16.52 fton 03/27/2009
(3) 16.20 ft on 05/24/1969
(4) 16.17 ft on 04/14/1969
(5) 16.09 ft on 04/01/1997

(6) 15.95ft on 04/04/2019
(7) 15.80 ft on 03/21/2010 -

Moderate flood stage 16 feet ~ 7,530 cfs
(8) 15.34 ft on 05/16/1950        
(9) 14.85 ft on 03/21/1966
(10) 14.85 ft on 04/11/1952
(11) 14.67 ft on 04/13/1996
(12) 14.64 ft on 07/21/1993
(13) 14.48 ft on 04/06/2011
(14) 14.43 ft on03/20/1996
(15) 14.33 ft on 07/01/2011
(16) 14.17 ft on 03/24/1994

- Flood stage 14.0 feet ~ 3,880 cfs

–Action stage 12.0 feet ~ 2,690 cfs

–Average level 7 to 8 feet


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