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Difficulty I-II
Length 5.5 Miles
Gauge ROGUE RIVER NEAR ROCKFORD, MI
Flow Range 200 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 2 hours ago 657 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 01/02/2018 6:41 pm

River Description


This section of river has a number of class 1 ripples. The old Childsdale dam site may be considered class 2 at certain levels. This is also a popular fishing river. There are a number of access sites along this route to change-up the trip length.

The put-in described here is in the town of Rockford. The White Pine Trail is a park along the east side of the river and can be used to access the river. There is parking for the trail just north of the 10 Mile Road bridge. To get to the parking, go north from 10 Mile Road on Main, then after a few(?) driveways head west thru the business parking lots. There appear to be no facilities at the put-in. The take-out is river-left, just past the Rogue River Road bridge.

Alternate put-ins and take-outs: Jericho Avenue bridge has a parking lot north of the bridge on the west side of road (0.83 miles). There is a 'fishermen's' lot just upstream from the Childsdale dam on river right, which is north of the river (1.71 miles). Childsdale Avenue bridge is at 2.0 miles. Packer Drive is at 4.27 miles. I'm not sure about parking. Rogue River Road is at 5.49 miles with the take-out just past the bridge on the left. The shoulder is wide enough for parking east of the bridge.

A bit of searching on YouTube turned up the following video of some guys running (some part of) this stretch in sea kayaks.

(We must note a number of potentially dangerous choices: (1) their lack of helmets, (2) at least one guy (probably others) drinking a beer (probably more) while on the river, and (3) while they obviously had cold weather outer gear on, it does not appear they were properly dressed for the possibility of immersion, by wearing wetsuits or drysuits. While all appearances are they made it ok, on a snowy day as they had, anyone of them getting flipped could have resulted in hypothermia and a potentially dangerous situation. Fortunately, this is not a 'wilderness' run, so they would likely not be too far from warmth had that been needed.)

Rapid Descriptions

Childsdale Dam

Class - N/A Mile - 2
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Old dam site, which is paddlable.  Might be a class 2 at certain water levels.  There is an island at this site.  Go right of the island over the old dam. River left around the island tends to be shallow, rocky with sweepers.

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Tim McCormick
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7 years ago

The upper Rouge is all class I and is good for running at almost any level. Below the Rockford dam, the lower is hit and miss but is where you will find class II and some whitewater. anywhere above 180 cfs is good to run the lower. At childsdale there is a washed out dam that creates a nice class II shoot. above 250 cfs some small holes will form.

Summary of Gauge Readings

Gauge/flow analysis:
Drainage area at gauge: 234 sq.mi.
Minimum mean daily flow: 49 cfs (1955.08.27)
90% of time flow exceeds: 110 cfs
10% of time flow exceeds: 423 cfs
Maximum mean daily flow: 3,290 cfs (1976.03.06)
10/90 ratio: 3.8 ('flashy-ness': under 3 is fairly steady, over 10 is quite 'flashy')
The above data indicates this river has fairly even flows, and is probably paddleable most of the time. Again, we have no specific info on what flows are necessary or best for whitewater to develop.

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Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
ROGUE RIVER NEAR ROCKFORD, MI
AW Gauge Info
657 cfs ℹ️ 02h13m Gauge (234 sq.mi. drainage) is on this reach, so will very accurately reflect actual flow.
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Directions Description


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Date Flow Result Factor  
2015-02-08 n/a Fatality Cold Water Read More

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