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Up the Rouge!: Paddling Detroit's Hidden River
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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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
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