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For anglers, paddlers and
naturalists alike, the Rogue River is one
of Rockford’s greatest treasures. Its thriving
fishery, changing scenery and fun water
features offer something for everyone. The
dam in downtown Rockford divides the river
Paddle or Cast Your line in the mighty Rogue River
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into two distinct sections, each with its own
unique ecosystem and characteristics.
The Upper Rogue
The river above the Rockford dam  ows through hundreds of acres of undisturbed public and private land. Whitetail deer, beaver and abundant waterfowl are common sights. Managed by the Michigan DNR, the upper Rogue boasts a healthy trout population. Anglers enjoy easy access, good  shing and solitude along these banks. The upper Rogue offers a  ne and pleasant excursion for paddlers of all skill levels with its brisk current and mild rapids. The stretch between Grange Bridge and Friske Landing offers more challenge with its sharp bends and occasional sweepers.
The Lower Rogue
The river below the Rockford dam travels at a rapid pace as it races toward the Grand River. The lower Rogue offers excitement and intrigue worthy of its name, but most of the banks are privately owned and acces- sibility is limited. Home to a wide range of indigenous  sh species, it hosts seasonal runs of steelhead and salmon. Some runs can be quite phenomenal. A thrilling adven- ture awaits paddlers in the spring when high water levels create swift currents and permit easier passage over shallow gravel beds. The stretch between Jericho and Childsdale bridges features rolling rapids, large boulders and “the chute” where the
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Childsdale dam washed out in the  ood of 1985. Only highly skilled paddlers should attempt the chute.
Little Pine Island Lake
7 Mile Rd
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6 Mile Rd
9 Mile Rd
House
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Buth
Rogue River Access
Location
1 Grange Bridge
2 Friske Landing Rector
3 Summit Avenue
4 Garden Club Park Landing 5 Richardson Sowerby Park 6 Packer Bridge
7 DNR Park Boat Ramp
Accessibility Fair
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Fair 12 Mile Good
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