Logjams provide habitat for fish and wildlife and play a role in stabilizing banks (more info). Logjams are abundant in the Rouge River because the many paved surfaces cause the river to rise and fall quickly after it rains. The loss of the ash trees in recent years due to the Emerald Ash Borer has worsened the problem.
Please help us track these constantly changing logjams by reporting any that you see using this simple app. Your reports will be added to the map below.
For safe paddling, there are ways to open them without damaging the river. If you don’t mind donning a pair of waders and working along with a team, please consider volunteering with us to open logjams. This work is periodic and weather dependent. Follow the Rouge Paddling Facebook page for the most current updates.
We offer training on logjam opening during the warm season with the goal of establishing a team of trained volunteers comfortable in safely opening logjams for the water trail. Scheduled classes will be posted here.
The water is generally safe for boating if there has been no heavy rain or snowmelt; swimming is not recommended.
The Lower Rouge River Water Trail is a consortium of interested groups and communities and is a project of the Lower Rouge River Water Trail Leadership Committee. Contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends of the Rouge office is closed under COVID-19 guidelines. Please continue to connect with us here and visit us on our social channels - FB, Instagram & Twitter.
Many thanks to our extraordinary community in these unprecedented times.