June 19-21, 2014
If you’d like to go on a local adventure and learn more about the Rogue River in the process, sign up now for the Rogue River Expedition.
The Rogue River Expedition 2014 is a 3-day public journey of discovery to experience conditions and opportunities of Michigan’s Rogue River and its watershed in order to foster awareness and responsibility for the River. It will be held June 19 through 21. This expedition is led by a diverse team of historians, educators, civic leaders, and scientists from natural resource and other professions. The Expedition team will travel by land, canoes, and kayaks, and provide demonstrations, interactive displays, and exhibits in communities along the Rogue River.
The Rogue River watershed, located in west Michigan just outside of Grand Rapids, is known as a productive urban trout fishery. The Rogue River brings in $485,000 per year to the local communities in angling trips alone and has been named a Home River by Trout Unlimited National. The 234 square-mile watershed is also important for agriculture. Onions, carrots, beets, and mint are grown in the muck soils in the headwaters in Newaygo County. One of the prime fruit-growing regions in the world, known as the Fruit Ridge Area, is in the watershed just west of Sparta. The watershed draws people from the Grand Rapids area, and beyond, for recreation and tourism with the White Pine Trail, a 92-mile long linear state park and the 6,135 acre Rogue River State Game Area. The Rogue River is one of 16 Michigan Rivers that are designated as a “Natural River” under Michigan’s Natural Rivers Act. The Natural Rivers Act designation was developed to preserve, protect and enhance our state’s finest river systems for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations.
Please join us for this journey and learn more about the Rogue River! Come for a day or the entire Expedition for an adventure everyone can enjoy. Cost for the full trip is $75/person. Participation is limited to 100 people so sign up today! For more information about the Rogue River Expedition and to sign-up please visit the website at www.swmtu.org/rogueriverexpedition.