USGS Ohio Indiana Kentucky Water Science Center

Super Gage Network

Photo of the Kankakee River Photo of the Kankakee River

Kankakee River at Dunns Bridge, IN

USGS Station ID: 05517500

Available Data

Stream Data: Gage height, discharge
Water-Quality Data: Water temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, nitrate plus nitrite
Atmospheric Data: Precipitation

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Station Description

Latitude: 41°13'12"
Longitude: 86°58'06" 
Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC): 07120001
Datum: 649.18 feet above NAVD88
Drainage Area: 1,352 square miles
County in which site is located: Porter
Site managed by: Indianapolis Office

Station Funding

This station is operated and maintained in cooperation with The Kankakee River Basin Commission.

Hydrologic Conditions

In Indiana, the Kankakee River has a total drainage area of 1,920 square miles. From its source in northern Indiana, the Kankakee River flows westward through several Indiana counties and into Illinois. It is a tributary of the Illinois River and is within the Mississippi Watershed. Major tributaries to the Kankakee River in Indiana include the Yellow River.

The Kankakee River lies in the Northern Moraine and Lake physiographic region of Indiana where the surficial geology consists of stratified sand and gravel. Historically, much of the Kankakee River in Indiana and Illinois meandered through an area called the Grand Marsh. By the early 20th century the entire main stem of the river in Indiana was extensively channelized to lessen flooding and drain swampland areas for agriculture.

Why Continuous Monitoring is Important

Over time, the quality of the Kankakee River and its tributaries (Yellow and Iroquois Rivers) has been altered by excess sedimentation from channelization and land use practices. A major concern to local residents and users of the Kankakee River is that sedimentation is limiting the recreational, ecological, and overall usefulness of the river.

The Kankakee River Basin Commission (KRBC) is a local Indiana agency charged with overseeing water resources within the basin including the Kankakee River and its tributaries. In 2016, the KRBC asked the USGS to install, operate, and maintain a super gage on the Kankakee River at Davis, IN. The gage will quantify concentrations and loads of sediment and nutrients being transported by the Kankakee River. This site, in particular, provides information about sediment and nutrient transport prior to the confluence with the Yellow River. Data provide information to understand effects of management practices within the watershed.


USGS Fact Sheet 2015-3041 provides more detailed information about super gages, how they operate, and the data they collect.

Contact Information

Tim Lathrop
(317) 600-2782

Jeff Woods
(317) 600-2762