The 2020 trip will start and end at the Melvindale Boat Launch located behind the Kessey Fieldhouse, 4300 S Dearborn St, Melvindale, MI 48122. We will paddle upstream to the partially restored oxbow at Greenfield Village and up to the fishway being installed around the Fair Lane Estate. The trip will take 2-3 hours and is an open route that is suitable for canoes or kayaks. Wayne County Park will have a limited number of aluminum canoes available. Please register to let us know you are coming and to reserve a boat.
Wayne County has a limited number of canoes.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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Many thanks to our extraordinary community in these unprecedented times.