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Up the Rouge!: Paddling Detroit's Hidden River

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This title chronicles in words and pictures a five day trip made by two Detroit Free Press journalists up the abused Rouge River in metro Detroit. Although the Rouge is too polluted for recreation and too log-jammed for motorboats, Thurtell and Beck decided to canoe up the Rouge to discover its industrial side and its hidden urban wilderness.
Paperback, 119 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Wayne State University Press (first published March 20th 2009)
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Dr. Detroit
Dec 14, 2009 Dr. Detroit rated it it was amazing
For the uninitiated, the Rouge River is metropolitan Detroit’s very own River Styx, a stagnant, fetid, malodorous, hygienically-questionable stretch of water chock full of old cars, abandoned water craft, human excrement, used condoms, toilet paper and feminine napkins, animal carcasses, and an E. coli level high enough to stagger a herd of rhino. A friend once waded waist deep into it on the grounds of what used to be the Henry Ford Wildlife Preserve in Dearborn to retrieve a snagged arrow he ...more
Adam
Jul 25, 2011 Adam rated it really liked it
This is an interesting book chronicling the 5-day excursion of a reporter and photographer from the Detroit Free Press up the Rogue River, a much abused and barely navigatable waterway that courses largely unnoticed through Detroit's greater metropolitan area. The challenges faced on the first day of their journey reminded me very much of the industrial course in old video game Toobin' from the 1980s. They paddled to avoid tugboats and barges in a concrete-lined river channel surrounded by blast ...more
Kim
Aug 09, 2010 Kim rated it liked it
This book was of great interest to me since I work across the street from the Rouge River. There were a few factual errors I came across but overall, I was impressed with their journey "Up the Rouge!"
Aran Wagner
Oct 20, 2015 Aran Wagner rated it really liked it
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I never thought you could actually canoe up the Rouge River, but two Free Press reporters did. They experience first hand just how bad the river is polluted that we all imagine. If we could just clean it up...
W M
Jul 21, 2016 W M added it
I liked the book. It was nice to see the pictures showing how flashy the river is. It is a bit dated now. I wonder if anything has changed.
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Eye opening look at a river that used to drive next to every day.
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