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.
Lower Industrial Rouge Tour began in 2007. Riverside Kayak Connection has partnered yearly with Friends of the Rouge for a kayak tour that highlights the industry of the lower Rouge River. Paddlers are dwarfed by industry as they cruise past the Ford Rouge Complex, awed by history as they pass under historical suspension bridges, surprised by the great blue herons and kingfishers that frequent the area, and always on the watch for the occasional freighter that makes its way up the river.
This one and a half to two-hour trip takes place on the Lower Branch of the Rouge River within the city of Wayne. Paddle through a forested floodplain seeing lots of wildlife. The actual route will depend on logjam opening activities prior but will generally go from 3600 Commerce Court to Wayne Road. Check back as it gets closer for details on route and rental boat availability.
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.