Because any in-person contact risks spreading the disease, Friends of the Rouge requires all participants to abide by the following procedures until further notice.
Friends of the Rouge and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan have joined forces to bring a river experience to an event near you! The Dry Dock Pop-ups will feature a real canoe, paddling essentials and safety tips, crafts for kids, a terrain model of the Rouge Watershed, and scheduled interactive activities throughout the day’s event. Come share your story about the Rouge River!
Friends of the Rouge and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan are on a mission to promote equitable access to the healthy fitness and recreation opportunities connected blueway and greenway trails can offer communities. Friends of the Rouge is working with Wayne County Parks and other community stakeholders to build and enhance blueway and greenway trails in communities along the Lower Rouge River. Come learn more at a Dry Dock Pop-up near you! Check for more dates and locations throughout the summer!
Juneteenth Celebration – River Rouge, MI June 19 4am – 8pm
Westland Farmers Market – Westland, MI July 15 3pm – 7pm
August 19 3pm – 7pm
Come celebrate National Canoe Day, Saturday June 26, from 9:00am – 2:00pm at Kessey Fieldhouse in Melvindale, Michigan. Friends of the Rouge will partner with the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, and Motor City Canoe and Kayak Rental to promote paddling as a healthy fitness and recreation alternative! If you are a beginning paddler or if you’ve never paddled before, join us for the “Demo Day” session! This is your chance to learn basic boating safety tips and try a kayak on the Rouge River! We will also host two paddle trips! Come float with us! Register today at Motor City Canoe and Kayak Rental
Experienced Paddle Trip 9am – 11:00am Kessey Fieldhouse Boat Launch
Demo Day 11:30am – 2:00pm Kessey Fieldhouse Boat Launch
Beginner’s Paddle Trip 2:00pm – 2:30pm Kessey Fieldhouse Boat Launch
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. Riverside Kayak Connection has partnered yearly with Friends of the Rouge since 2007 on this tour.
Paddle a stretch of the Lower branch. The actual route will be dependent on prior logjam work. Details will be posted closer to the date.
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.
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Many thanks to our extraordinary community in these unprecedented times.