Rogue River

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 at Childsdale Bridge

Rogue River at Childsdale Bridge

 

Rogue River Hatch Guide & Public Access

The following images represent two sides of a printable Rogue River Hatch Guide. It shows some of the common hatches that occur and access points along the river. Click on each image to view a larger version.

Rogue River Map and Hatch Guide

Rogue River Map and Hatch Guide

Reports from the Rogue River

Rogue River cleanup nets big haul

Rogue River cleanup nets big haul

A big thanks to the many volunteers who turned out for an early morning trash cleanup on the Rogue River.

Rogue River cleanup on Sept 15

Rogue River cleanup on Sept 15

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.

Trout magazine features Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative

Trout magazine features Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative

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.