The River Rouge is a 127 mile river in the Metro Detroit area of southeastern Michigan. It flows into the Detroit River at Zug Island, which is the boundary between the cities of River Rouge and Detroit.Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Detroit using our trip planner.
The river's roughly 467sqmi watershed includes all or parts of 48 municipalities, with a total population of over 1.35 million and drains a large portion of central and northwest Wayne County, as well as much of southern Oakland County and a small area in eastern Washtenaw County. Nearly the entire drainage basin is in urban and suburban areas, with areas of intensive residential and industrial development. Still, more than 50mi of the River Rouge flow through public lands, making it one of the most accessible rivers in the state.
Until recently the river was heavily polluted, and in 1969 even caught fire. The passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972 made it unlawful to discharge any pollution from a point source into navigable waters and the EPA's National Pollution Discharge Elimination Program was created to regulate these discharges. In 1986, a non-profit organization of concerned citizens called Friends of the Rouge was formed and began organizing an annual cleanup called Rouge Rescue to raise awareness about the need to clean up the Rouge. In 1987, the entire watershed was designated a Great Lakes Area of Concern under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and nine Beneficial Use Impairments were identified. In 1992, a massive project called the Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project was implemented and further cleanup measures are ongoing. The Alliance of Rouge Communities is an organization of governmental and non-governmental entities created in 2006 to manage the watershed.
River Rouge Park Reviews
Born and raised in Detroit, Rouge Park and Hines Drive were always a refreshing and peaceful drive, like a scenic trip to the country. A nice break from the city. The disturbing part, even in the... more »
Everything is overgrown. There's nets on uneven dilapidated fenceless tennis courts. Pathways are in shambles so are the roads. Abandoned buildings. The surrounding north eastern neighborhoods are... more »
Brennan Pools is a hidden gem! Even though the 10 meter diving platform and pool have been filled in, you still will be hard-pressed to find a nicer swimming experience. The pool is kept up quite nicely. This is one of the nicest pools in the state and maybe anywhere. There is a very family friendly environment and you are able to bring in pool toys and floats. All of the staff there are professional and helpful.
I love it here. Just fun to hang out with friends... and meeting new people. I just wish they will let us stay longer. As long if people not acting a fool.... it should be cool to sit longer after dark.
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