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Friends of the Rouge

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Paddling on the river in fall

Rouge Paddling Trips

Friends of the Rouge organizes two group paddling events every fall so that you can experience a known route.

Sat. Oct. 7, 2017 Canoe the Middle Branch
This one and a half to two hour trip begins on the Middle Rouge at Haggerty and Hines and travels through within Hines Parkand to Newburgh Lake.  The trip is not being held on the Lower branch this year because water levels are too low due to the temporary stoppage of the discharge from the treatment plant.  Register.

Kayak the Industrial Rouge – 2018 date to be announced

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.