The route begins at the Melvindale Boat Launch (behind the Kessey Fieldhouse) and ends on the Detroit River at Belanger Park in the City of River Rouge. The route highlights the automotive history of the region, giving paddlers a unique perspective on the industry that provides cars and other amenities that we have all come to rely on. Several unique bascule bridges are fascinating to watch when the occasional freighter or barge passes through. The former Boblo ferry SS Ste. Clair is currently docked near the Dix Avenue bridge, stirring up memories and awaiting renovation. Fordson Island offers a glimpse of the original channel and a welcome green space unobstructed by the 21 boats abandoned boats that were removed in 2011. At the base of the recently replaced Fort Street bridge, a diverse group of community partners is planning a park to commemorate the 1932 Hunger March complete with a boardwalk and accessible kayak launch. An annual trip is held in September; tours can be organized. Check out a video of the route.
Contact: Friends of the Rouge
Developed boat launch in City of River Rouge park located on the Detroit River
Boat launch is located behind the Kessey Fieldhouse (also known as the Melvindale Civic Arena)
Paddlers will find themselves dwarfed by this incredible industrial complex designed to take in raw materials and spit out automobiles.
Provides outfitting and rentals for all your water bourne adventures
City of Detroit Park located on the Rouge River
Newly created park to commemorate the 1932 Ford Hunger March
Island created by shipping channel in 1917. The channel around the island offers quiet wildlife viewing.