Surf's Up on the Red Cedar River

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 2:07 pm
By: 
Alice Dreger

Above: Still from a video of a surfer on the Red Cedar River in 2008

The recent heavy rains are causing a phenomenon infrequently seen on the Red Cedar River—a standing wave outside the MSU Administration Building. Unusually high levels of water combined with the small rapids in that location cause the water to curl back towards upstream.

On occasion, this phenomenon brings out something even more interesting—young people with surfboards who take the opportunity to surf the Red Cedar River. The video below shows the wave at about 1 pm today. If you want to see a video of people surfing the Red Cedar River at this location in 2008, click here.

 

 

Flooding is causing the river trail to be impassable in spots, including near Kalamazoo Street. On campus, Canada goose families have been forced in places onto the walking paths—and this means trying to use the paths can result in hissing parental geese if you get too close to their goslings. (I was chased off the path into the mud during a run Sunday afternoon, near Bogue Street.)