With over 1.35 million people residing in the Rouge River Watershed, the river has the potential to offer paddling opportunities close to home. Water quality has improved enough in many areas to be safe for partial body contact while more work is needed in other areas. Logjams also pose a significant challenge.
FOTR is currently working with local partners to develop a water trail on 25 miles of the Lower Rouge from Canton to the Detroit River. Much of the river corridor is protected within Wayne County Parks, making it ideal for the development of launches and amenities. Logjams block much of the route and current efforts are focused on keeping a route open within the City of Wayne. Downstream, logjams are less prevalent and paddling highlights the unique industrial history of the Rouge River with the massive Ford Rouge complex, suspension bridges and a freighter or two.
Community partners are meeting and seeking funding to develop the trail. The meetings are held every other month on the third Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Nankin Mills Nature Center. Below are some resources.
Michigan Water Trails Listing for Southeast Michigan
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