ROCKY
RIVER

Flowing from northwest corner of county to Three Rivers, the Rocky River empties into the St. Joseph. Known to be sparsely populated and wild in character, with a small class II whitewater near its end. Popular with visitors due to Brewster’s Food and Spirits, a river-side restaurant and pub near Three Rivers.

The following information has been pulled from "Michigan Rivers Less Paddled" by Doc Fletcher.

  • Total River Length: 19.1 miles
  • If launching from the Null Road Bridge, trip time to Three Rivers is around 2 hours and 25 minutes
  • During normal summer season, the river will range from approximately 6 inches to 4 feet
  • There are no parks or toilets along the river
  • Thick seaweed in areas make paddling necessary
  • The Old Grass Bridge with 2 large culverts to paddle through
  • Half-way through your trip are 2 different islands (we suggest staying to the left of each)
  • Some fallen trees add interest and require maneuvering
  • Brewster's is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes into the trip
  • There are 2 islands approximately 2 hours into the trip (passage on either side but a shallow area)
  • The end of the trip requires portaging for less experienced paddlers: stay to the right and exit prior to the rocks and rapids)
  • Watch the video above to see the rapid area

At this time, we do not have updated river condition information.