Rouge River Water Trail

Paddle the historic Rouge River through a forested corridor, on a peaceful lake or through the historic industrial area.

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The Rouge River Water Trail is a 27 mile long trail from from Canton to the Detroit River that is in the process of being developed. The upstream stretches are forested and protected within Wayne County parkland but only certain sections are open due to the many logjams.  Hard-working teams of volunteers have opened routes in the City of Wayne and in Dearborn.  The lower industrial stretch has no logjams 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. 

Additionally, paddling is available on Newburgh Lake in Livonia.

Friends of the Rouge oversees the Lower Rouge River Water Trail Leadership Committee in conjunction with the ten communities along the route, Wayne County and other partners.

One and a half to 2 hour paddle from Melvindale to River Rouge passing by the Ford Rouge plant, Zug Island, etc.
Paddle through the forested floodplain within Wayne County Parks
Newburgh Lake is a great picnic paddle on a large lake with rentals availabel on week-ends
Ford Field offers an easy launch into the pond with access upstream