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.
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
View insect monitoring data from the Rogue River watershed.
Our own Rogue River HRI was recently featured on WOOD TV8's eightWest program to talk about the work happening along the Rogue River.
Join the Rogue River Watershed Partners, Nomad Anglers, Trout Unlimited, Patagonia, and more to help clean up the Rogue River after a busy summer season of recreation.
In the Winter issue of Trout Magazine, author Dave Karczynski featured three coldwater projects that could face elimination if the presidential budget cuts funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. One of those projects is the Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative headed by our own Nichol DeMol.
Here's a cool video on fly fishing the Rogue River, showing the wonderful opportunities and resources available to us.