Rogue, Michigan, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II (varies with level)|
|Avg. Gradient||10 fpm|
|ROGUE RIVER NEAR ROCKFORD, MI|
|usgs-04118500||200 - 2000 cfs||I(II)||00h46m||320 cfs (running)|
|Low-to-moderate whitewater. Gauge (234 sq.mi. drainage) is on this reach, so will very accurately reflect actual flow.|
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.)
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
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.