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The Rogue River - Rockford, MI


The Rockford area is home to the scenic Rogue River, a major tributary of the Grand River and a world renowned steelhead and salmon fishery.

Headwatered in southern Newaygo County, the Rogue River meanders for over 42 miles, eventually draining into the Grand River in Belmont, MI. Originally named the Rouge River, the Rogue received its present day name during the 19th century when a Wisconsin mapmaker accidentally misprinted the name. Used as a frontier waterway by local tribes and traders, The Rogue River also played a pivotal role in the transportation of lumber during the heyday of the Michigan lumber industry in the late 1800's.



Rogue River Walking Bridge
The Rogue River is designated a "Country Scenic" river under the State of Michigan's Natural River Act, draining an estimated 234 square mile watershed. In the city of Rockford, The Rogue River is bi-sected by the Rockford Dam and is generally referred to as the upper and lower Rogue, with the latter being all waters below the Rockford Dam. The upper Rogue is well known as an excellent trout fishery and is used for all float and canoe trips. The lower Rogue, which is the waters south of the Rockford Dam, is a popular destination for anglers during the annual Steelhead and Salmon runs during the spring and fall months.

Its slow moving current and shallow depth make the Rogue River ideally suited for a variety of outdoor activities including canoeing, kayaking, fishing, birdwatching, hiking, and much more...




Fishing
Fishing the Rogue River

Species:  Steelhead, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown                   Trout, Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth                   Bass


Season:  Lower Rogue - Open All Year
                 Upper Rogue - Opens Last Saturday in April
  

Local Tackle Shops: 

    Great Lakes Fly Fishing Co.
         8460 Algoma Ave NE
         Rockford MI    49341
         (616) 866-6060
         More Information
 
Great Lakes Fly Fishing Co.
     
     Little Sack Grocery & Sports
         8450 Algoma Ave.
         Rockford, MI   49341
         (616) 866-4600
         More Information


Little Sack Grocery
Rogue River Fishing

     
     O's Bait & Tackle
        30 E. Bridge St.
        Rockford, MI    49341
        (616) 866-7047


Fishing Information & Articles:

     View Lower Rogue River Map

     DNR Rogue River Map

     ESPN - Fishing the Rogue River Article


     A River Runs Through It - Fishing on the Rogue

     Great Lakes Fly Fishing Co. Fishing Report




Canoeing & Kayaking
Canoeing the Rogue River


Canoe, Kayak, & Tube Rentals:

     AAA Canoe Rentals, Inc.
        525 Northland Dr.
        Rockford, MI    49341
        (616) 866-9264
        More Information

 
AAA Canoe Rentals
    Powers Outdoors
        65 S. Main St.
        Rockford, MI    49341
        (616) 863-8107
        More Information
Powers Outdoors



The Rockford Dam
The Rockford Dam
The Rockford Dam



The Rogue River Cleanup Project
  • The Rogue River Project was founded by Rockford resident Andrew Kersting in May of 2005 with one simple mission: to clean up the Rogue River and restore it's natural beauty.  Each year volunteers descend on the Rogue to pick up any trash, litter, or debris that has collected throughout the year. Volunteers are always neeeded!  
The Rogue River Project

Contact:  Andrew Kersting

Phone:  (616) 866-5896


Website:   TheRogueRiverProject.org

Email:  andrew@therogueriverproject.org

Annual Cleanup Date:  May 30th, 2009