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Located in Southeast Michigan, the Rouge River is a marvelous place to recreate without having to spend hours traveling. Parks along the river abound, trails are numerous, paddling is pleasant, and fishing can be enjoyed. You can experience “up north” right in your own backyard!  To find out more about places to explore, join one of our Explore the Rouge Events.

Rouge River Watershed map with MichiganThe Rouge River has over 400 lakes and 570 miles of river, streams and creeks. It is one the most accessible rivers in the state with over 300 parks, 33 public golf courses, 27 nature preserves and 20,000+ acres of parkland which include 50 miles of river.

Explore the Rouge: Join us every month in exploring the Rouge River Watershed. Press on the graphic to see enlargement.


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PADDLING – Paddling opportunities grow daily


You can fish in many Rouge lakes as well as at parks along the Johnson Creek, Main Rouge, Upper Rouge, Middle Rouge and Lower Rouge and many other tributaries. For more information about locations in the Rouge, download our fishing guide. For more information about what species are found check out our species list and a list with photos of some. Catch and release is safe. For fish consumption guidelines, download the new Eat Safe Fish From the Rouge River.