USGS Water-Year Summary 2021
04112500 RED CEDAR RIVER AT EAST LANSING, MI
LOCATION - Lat 42°43'38", long 84°28'41" referenced to North American Datum of 1927, in SW 1/4 sec.18, T.4 N., R.1 W., Ingham County, MI, Hydrologic Unit 04050004, 20 ft downstream from left bridge abutment of Farm Lane Bridge on Michigan State University Campus in East Lansing, 4.0 mi upstream from Sycamore Creek, and 5.6 mi upstream from mouth.
DRAINAGE AREA - 355 mi².
- WSP 1307: 1936(M).
PERIOD OF RECORD - August 1902 to December 1903, March 1931 to current year. Monthly discharge only for some periods, published in WSP 1307. Published as Red Cedar River at Agricultural College, August 1902 to December 1903 and as Cedar River at East Lansing, March 1931 to September 1965. Gage-height records collected in this vicinity 1911-19, and 1920-28 (flood seasons only), are contained in reports of the National Weather Service.
GAGE - Water-stage recorder with crest-stage gage and concrete control. Datum of gage is 823.96 ft above NAVD 88 (levels by Michigan Department of Transportation). August 1902 to December 1903 nonrecording gage at site 0.8 mi downstream at different datum. March 1931 to November 1940 water-stage recorder at site 250 ft upstream at present datum.
EXTREMES OUTSIDE PERIOD OF RECORD - Flood of Mar. 24, 1904, reached a stage of 13.4 ft, discharge, 8,000 ft³/s.
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD - Maximum discharge, 5,940 ft³/s, Apr. 20, 1975, gage height, 11.95 ft; minimum discharge, 3.0 ft³/s, July 31, 1931.