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 »
Canoeing and Kayaking
CVNP does not encourage or facilitate public use of the river within the park.
The primary waterway within Cuyahoga Valley National Park is the Cuyahoga River. Please use caution when contacting Cuyahoga River water. The river receives discharges of storm water, combined-sewer overflows, and incompletely disinfected wastewater from urban areas upstream of the park. These discharges result in a threat to the health of visitors who come into contact with river water during recreational use (e.g., wading or canoeing). Recreational use of the river is not prohibited, but due to the the threat posed to human health by sewage and pathogen contamination, the park discourages any canoeing, kayaking, swimming, or wading in the river.
Water Quality Predictions
If you choose to use the river, be aware there are no formal put-in points for canoes/kayaks. Two low-head dams exist within the river at Peninsula and south of State Route 82 that require a short portage.
There are currently no canoe liveries serving the segment of the Cuyahoga River that flows through CVNP. There are canoe liveries upstream in the Mantua and Hiram areas. That portion of the river is upstream from the sewage treatment plant and is therefore much more consistently clean.
The ponds in the park are open to canoeing. Motorized canoes and boats are not permitted on the ponds.
Visit Friends of the Crooked River website for scheduled canoe outings on the Cuyahoga River.
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."