Many partners along the 100-mile Cuyahoga River are working toward its recovery. About a fifth, or 20 miles, of the river lies within Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Everything that happens upstream impacts the national park. What happens within the national park, impacts everything downstream. The Cuyahoga flows into Lake Erie at Cleveland. As a result, it is part of the world’s largest supply of surface freshwater: the Great Lakes. Water is vital to life. It connects us.
Can the River Support Rare Wildlife?
Teams of scientists are studying whether the Cuyahoga River is healthy enough to support freshwater mussels and lake sturgeon.
Current Restoration Projects
Restoration efforts continue throughout the park. Stay up to date on these ongoing river renewal projects.
Removing the Dam
The Canal Diversion Dam was removed in 2020. This will improve water quality and pave the way for further restoration efforts.
Removing Toxins at Krejci Dump
Learn about how one of the most polluted sites in the National Park Service was cleaned up by the responsible parties.
Memories of Fish and Wildlife Changes
Read and listen to experienced fisherman Steven Moss discuss his memories of the Cuyahoga River and how it has changed over the years.
The Recovery Story
The Cuyahoga has gone from a source of shame to one of inspiration. Learn more about its ongoing story of renewal and recovery.
Last updated: September 1, 2021