People who want to canoe or kayak the Cuyahoga River in Cuyahoga Valley National Park need to bring their own equipment and have experience to manage the safety risks posed by the river. The National Park Service does not maintain the river for recreational use. Canoeing and kayaking the river can be dangerous. Water quality, low head dams, and debris in the river all pose hazards.
Current Known Hazards
This will be updated as information is available, but the river frequently changes. Some of these hazards are fixed or human created hazards and others are natural and may change. When in doubt, take out!
Areas of significant large woody debris
Have you been out on the river recently? Have conditions to report? Send us an email with as much detail as you can provide. If you were able to get photos or videos, send those along as well.
Accessing the River
Four temporary access sites are currently available for paddlers. Locations include:
Commercial use of the Cuyahoga River is not being authorized at this time. For more information visit our permits page.
The park does not maintain the river channel on a regular basis, and stream conditions are ever changing. Paddlers must assume complete responsibility for their own safety.
Rules & Regulations
All paddlers on the Cuyahoga River should be familiar with Federal, State, and Park regulations that apply to the river. Ohio boating laws apply to all paddlers in Ohio, including visitors from other states. The National Park Service does not allow any alcohol to be consumed on Cuyahoga Valley National Park property without a permit.
Paddling Opportunities Outside the Park
Visit the Cuyahoga River Water Trail website for more information about paddling outside the park.
Last updated: November 13, 2019