This online presentation with Chris Wood, CEO and President of Trout Unlimited, was held on March 16, 2021.
The Rogue River is a major tributary of the Grand River and flows generally north to south through Rockford, Michigan. The watershed is 234 square miles and covers counties, though most of it is in northwest Kent County.
Much of the river is warm water, especially in its upper reaches. As it approaches the Grand River, smaller tributaries and ground water springs turn the river colder and it can support good populations of trout. Additionally, the river gets seasonal runs of steelhead, Chinook salmon, and Coho salmon all the way up to the dam in Rockford.
Important tributaries for cold water include Spring, Cedar, Duke, Stegman, Rum, Shaw, and Barkely Creeks.
The river has long been a focus of efforts from SWMTU and other area environmental groups. Current efforts include work done by the Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative and the Kent County Brook Trout Study.
Rogue River Hatch Guide & Public Access
Reports from the Rogue River
The Tree Army, made up of staff and volunteers, planted thousands of trees along Michigan’s Rogue River to enhance the resilience of this important coldwater fishery.
(NOTE: This article was authored by Jamie Vaughn and first appeared on TU.org. Jamie is Trout Unlimited’s Rogue River Home...
A big thanks to the many volunteers who turned out for an early morning trash cleanup on the Rogue River.
Trout Unlimited has received funding from the U.S. Forest Service, through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, to plant nearly 17,000 trees along coldwater streams in Michigan.
View insect monitoring data from the Rogue River watershed.