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 »
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 »
Winters Sports Fun Available in Your National Park
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell)
Brecksville, Ohio –When it snows, come on over to Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) to enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing! Our Winters Sports Center, located within Kendall Lake Shelter, offers winter equipment rental and instruction. The center will be open on the following dates only when there are at least four inches of snow. It may be open additional days during heavy snowfall. Saturdays and Sundays, December 7 through 22 and January 4 through February 23; daily, December 26 through 31; and the holidays of January 20 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) and February 17 (Presidents’ Day), 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Call 330-657-2752 for current snowfall depth.
There must be at least four inches of snow for snowshoe rental and six inches of snow for cross-country ski rental. Equipment for adults and children is available at the Winter Sports Center. Fees: snowshoe rental $5 (full day); ski rental $15 (full day) and $7.50 (3 hours).
Snowshoes can also be rented at Boston Store Visitor Center, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fees: snowshoe rental $5 (full day).
Want to learn to cross-country ski? All classes are led by Park Ranger/Certified Ski Instructor Paul Motts. In addition to the scheduled workshops below, there may be additional classes offered when there are favorable skiing conditions of at least 6 inches of snow. To register call 330-657-2752.
Scheduled Cross-Country Ski Workshops:
Saturdays, January 11 or February 8
Saturday, January 25
Saturday, February 15
Kendall Lake Shelter/ Winter Sports Center is located on Truxell/ Kendall Park Road, 2 miles west of Akron Cleveland Road, Peninsula 44264.
Boston Store Visitor Center is located at 1550 Boston Mills Road, east of Riverview Road, Peninsula 44264.
CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.
Did You Know?
Cuyahoga Valley National Park's namesake river flows north and south. The Cuyahoga River begins its 100 mile journey in Geauga County, flows south to Cuyahoga Falls where it turns sharply north and flows through CVNP. American Indians referred to the U-shaped river as Cuyahoga or "crooked river."