Two low-head dams exist within the river at Peninsula and
Station Road Trailhead that require a short portage.
Do not attempt to paddle over low-head dams.They are extremely dangerous and drowning occurs in the hydraulic that forms below the dam. Exit the river before the dams.
Avoid strainers, which are downed trees/debris in the river.
They are more dangerous than they look, and paddlers can get stuck in them and drown.
Be aware of changing water quality.
After it rains, the water may contain bacteria from combined sewer overflows and storm water runoff. A high level of bacteria in the water can be a health hazard. Check the latest water quality information at Ohio Nowcast.
Things to Remember
Rules & Regulations
- Alcohol is prohibited in the national park and on the river
- All boats must be registered and follow required Ohio Boating Laws
- All paddlers must wear a Personal Flotation Device
- Make sure you are aware of your location on the river in case of emergency
- In the event of an emergency call the park's Communication Center at 440-546-5945 or dial 911.
Ohio boating laws apply to all paddlers in Ohio including visitors from other states. Following the laws and adhering to boater responsibility allow for a safe and pleasant trip on Ohio's streams.
ORC 1547.54 All boats including canoes, kayaks, motorboats, and most inflatable boats must be registered. Ohio law requires that a boat's registration be carried onboard the boat. Bring proof of residency if you are visiting from a state that does not require canoes or kayaks to be registered.
ORC 1547.25 U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets are required for every person onboard. Wearable life jackets are required for each person, must be in serviceable condition, and must be correctly sized for the wearer.
ORC 1547.24 Children under the age of 10 are required to wear a properly fitted, US Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times while on a boat under 18 feet in length.
ORC 1547.11 Operating any boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs is prohibited. Ohio's limit for impairment is .08 blood alcohol content level for persons who are of legal drinking age. It's .02 for anyone who is under 21. (Alcohol is not permitted on the river or in the national park.)
ORC 1531.29 Disposing of any item considered to be litter in any ditch, stream, river, lake, pond or other waterway is illegal.
- Children under the age of 12 who are operating a manually propelled boat must be directly supervised by an adult.
- Respect the rights of landowners. Almost all stream bed and land adjacent to Ohio's streams is privately owned. Seek the owner's permission before using any property.
The Cuyahoga River is 100 miles long and offers diverse experiences. If you would like to paddle, please consider all of the following opportunities:
- The Cuyahoga River can be paddled in many different areas there are a few liveries outside of the park.
- Ponds within the park are open to paddlers, all boats must be properly registered. Motorized canoes and boats are not permitted on the ponds.
- CVNP provides some primitive access areas along the river in the park.
- Cleveland Metroparks offers guided paddling programs in the flats/shipping channel area of downtown Cleveland at their Rivergate Park. Visit http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/Recreation/Boating-1.aspx for more information.
Crooked River Adventures
- River trips include three destinations along the Cuyahoga River, all with easy-to-navigate routes and beautiful views. All river trips begin at Tannery Park in Kent, Ohio and ends at Middlebury Bridge, Brust Park or Waterworks Park, and return transportation is provided.
Tannery Park at 100 Stow Street, Kent, OH 44240. Look for our blue and gold trailer.
Friends of the Crooked River