Sundial Bridge Flooding: A Spectacular Sight

Anyone familiar with Sundial Bridge and the area, will understand the degree of flooding.

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Oops! Where’s the Amphitheatre under the bridge?


To the right of the photo you can see where the trail leading to the Amphitheatre goes under water.

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The Amphitheatre is completely underwater.


Those who are familiar can tell how high the river comes to the bottom of the bridge.


The trail going west from the Sundial Bridge is under water here by a turtle pond to the right.The trail curves to the right up around that tree in the center of photo. The trail slopes downwards so the water is deep here.

Around the corner to the right is a fenced area with a kiosk telling about the turtles. It’s completely under water. An employee of the park told me the water is about a foot and a half above the kiosk.


Bodie had fun in the water. If he’d gone any farther, he would’ve been swimming.


The flooding completely covers the turtle pond.  It’s this general area that gave name to Turtle Bay Exploration Park where the Sundial Bridge is located.

The walking trail goes from left to right on the opposite side of the pond.  And somewhere under water to the right of the photo is the kiosk.

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You need a panoramic photo to see the complete width of the river. It’s so awesome to see how wide the river looks.


This cement structure is the small Amphitheatre in the grass across from the Convention Center. Lawn concerts are given here.

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Steve DuBois
For many years Steve DuBois has enjoyed taking photos of his dogs in interesting and unusual places. He created a photo book of his dogs especially for the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he donated several copies. He loves that the kids enjoy seeing his dogs photographed in unusual ways. Steve says his dogs have been his photographic inspiration and motivation, but sometimes he tries his hand at nature shots, such as the photos he captured of the north state’s 2017 flooding, published here on A News Steve DuBois lives in Redding.
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12 Responses

  1. Karen C says:

    Fabulous and informative photography.  The flooding pictures no one has taken before.  Thank you for such a great insight to our wet and crazy winter.

  2. Ginny says:

    Thank you for the photos.  Hate to see what is under all that water, shortly.  Lots of work…

    • Steve DuBois Steve DuBois says:

      Happy to share the photos with you, Ginny.  And you’re right.  When the river goes down, I think it’s going to leave quite a mess behind.

  3. Randall R Smith says:

    Readers need to apprehend that even these levels are a trickle to what this basin has known even as recently at 1940 when estimated flow was 300K cfs at Diestelhorst Bridge, deck of which was underwater.  In Pleistocene times the River reached from the high bench at the top of Placer Street across to Millville, much more flow than the Mississippi at Baton Rouge during flood stage.

  4. Margaret Beck says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these.  I have wanted to share pix with the family, but mine just don’t do it justice.

  5. Sally says:

    It is all a WOW!!!  Hard to believe, but the pictures make it real.  Thanks!

  6. Gary Andresen says:

    Steve, thanks for sharing these photos. We waited too long to visit the Sundial bridge and the water level had gone down quite a bit.

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