BioBlitz Featured Location: Rogue River State Game Area
The Rogue River State Game Area (RRSGA) consists of over 6,200 acres and is managed to provide habitat and recreation opportunities for wild turkey, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, cottontail rabbit, pileated woodpecker, and other wildlife species. The RRSGA is in Northern Kent County and consists of smooth, outwash plains with gently rolling, mostly forested land. The second-growth upland forests include oak, aspen, and natural pine stands and the lowland forests along the Rogue River, Spring Creek, and Duke Creek floodplains are dominated by maple, ash, and tamarack. The landscape is complete with agricultural fields, planted pine stands, and small forest openings. There are no access fees and the area is open to anyone to enjoy a variety of wildlife-related recreational opportunities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, bird watching, etc. In addition to a stretch of the North Country Trail which runs through a portion of the Area, there are several access points throughout the area, and work road/two-tracks double as walkable trails.
Note: this area is popular for turkey hunters and spring turkey season begins on April 22nd. Visitors are encouraged to wear a blaze orange hat or other brightly colored clothing when in areas used by hunters to increase their visibility. Be aware that the Rose Lake SGA shooting range at 14500 Peacock Road is open from 9-5 Thursday through Monday. This is a staffed range and safety precautions are in place to prevent shots from accidentally leaving the range though it may be possible to hear shots while on nearby trails.
- Nik Kalejs, Wildlife Biologist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Ages: Elementary school age, Middle school age, High school age, Over 21 years only
- Plant and Animal Sciences
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Date/Time: This is a self-guided experience.
Rogue River State Game Area
15499 Red Pine Drive Northwest
Kent City, MI 49330