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Paddling the Rouge River

Map and Information about paddling

Check out our listing on the Michigan Water Trails website and plan your trip.

Rouge River Paddling Guide

Check out our brand new guide to paddling the Rouge River, created with assistance from the National Park Service.  Get a printed copy at the FOTR office or local liveries and communities.

Join our Facebook Paddling Group
Stay updated on what routes are open and who is working and paddling where.

Organized Trips

Sat. Oct. 7, 2017 Canoe the Lower Branch
This one and a half to two hour trip begins at 3600 Commerce Court in Wayne and travels through the wooded Lower Rouge Parkway, ending at Goudy Park in Wayne.

This one and a half to two hour trip begins at the Melvindale Boat Launch, travels past the Ford Rouge complex, under historic suspension bridges, past Zug Island and the take out is on the Detroit River at Belanger Park in River Rouge.

Paddling on your own
  1. For an easy paddle, during the warm months Heavner Canoe & Kayak Rental offers rental canoes and kayaks on the week-end at Newburgh Lake in Hines Park.