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    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

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  • Valley Bridle Trail Partial Closure

    A section of the Valley Bridle Trail is closed across from the Brandywine Golf Course. There is no estimate of when this section will be open. Please observe all trail closures. More »

  • Plateau Trail Partial Closure

    The outer loop of the Plateau Trail is closed at the Valley Picnic Area junction for bridge repair. The bridge is now unsafe for pedestrian traffice due to accelerated erosion around the base. More »

  • Bald Eagle Closure in Effect Until July 31, 2014

    Returning bald eagles are actively tending to last year's nest within the Pinery Narrows area in CVNP. To protect the eagles from human disturbance, the area surrounding the nest tree will be closed until July 31, 2014. More »

  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) Bridge Construction Closures

    Rockside and Canal Visitor Center boarding sites will be closed through Apr 27. From Jan 18 - Mar 16, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Brecksville stations. From Mar 22 - Apr, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Peninsula. More »

  • Do Not Feed the Waterfowl and Birds!

    Many people enjoy feeding waterfowl and birds, but the effects of this seemingly generous act can be harmful. Regular feeding can cause: unatural behavior, pollution, overcrowding, delayed migration, and poor nutrition and disease.

  • Closure on Fishing Will Remain in Effect for Virginia Kendall Lake

    Due to the government shutdown, we were unable to survey the fish community in VK Lake as scheduled. Our survey partners (ODNR) will not be able to get into the lake until early spring of 2014. Therefore, the closure on fishing will remain in effect. More »

Lakes and Ponds

Visitors take a moment to enjoy the reflection of fall trees in the glassy waters of Sylvan Pond.

Sylvan Pond offers a serene setting for fall color viewing, birdwatching, and other activities.

(NPS Photo by Hedy Jones)

More than 100 lakes and ponds dot the landscape within the park, with approximately 70 existing on federal land. Pond sizes range from less than one-tenth of an acre to more than 10 acres.

All ponds are human-made, with many originally created to serve as small farm ponds. Long-abandoned ponds usually have reverted to a more natural state and now have wetland characteristics. Such ponds are considered wetlands, assigned protective buffers, and managed for natural resource values. Other ponds are used as water sources for agricultural activity or managed for recreational uses (e.g., fishing) according to the CVNP’s Pond Management Plan. Kendall Lake, the park’s largest lake at 12 acres, is large enough for fishing and canoeing.

The water quality of park ponds is monitored every five years. Pond water quality is considered good, as all ponds meet State of Ohio warm water habitat standards. The next sampling is scheduled for 2003.

Did You Know?

Monarch Butterfly - US Fish and Wildlife Service Photo

Early September is the time to watch monarchs feed in Cuyahoga Valley fields rich with goldenrod and New England aster. These places serve as important re-fueling sites for these long distance travelers on their way to oyamel forests near Mexico City more than 2,000 miles away.