Friends of the Rouge, Wayne County Parks, the eleven communities along the route and other partners are developing a water trail from Canton to the Detroit River along the Lower branch and Main Stem of the Rouge River. The upstream stretches are forested and protected within Wayne County parkland. Fallen trees are abundant but hard-working teams of volunteers have opened routes in the City of Wayne and in Dearborn. The lower industrial stretch is wide open and offers fantastic views of the Ford Rouge plant and associated industry. As the trail develops, more sections are being opened, new launches installed and signage added.
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.
With concerns for the health of our program participants, staff, volunteers and community, Friends of the Rouge physical offices at PARC will be closed through the end of April.
Our team is working hard to deliver virtual opportunities to engage with your local Rouge watershed.
Many thanks to our extraordinary community as we work to adjust in these unprecedented times.