2012 Mississippi River Low Flow Information  

This page is to give users information on the current low water or low flow situation on the Mississippi River. The river is nearing historically low levels as a drought across the central United States has limited the water making it into the basin. This has caused many problems along the river, including stranding ships that cannot navigate the low water levels and causing salt water intrustion from the Gulf of Mexico. The saltwater intrusion itself can cause many additional problems, including limiting the water supply to the residents of Southeast Louisiana.



28 Day Forecast for Mississippi River points from the LMRFC

 U.S. COE link on how Salt Water affects the Mississippi River

Low Flow Information (622KB PDF)


Current vs. Historical Plots 


Mississippi River
at Red River Landing

Mississippi River at Red River Landing
Atchafalaya River
at Simmesport

Atchafalaya River at Simmesport


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