Fishing in Cuyahoga Valley

father and son fishing on a dock
Fishing from a dock in CVNP.


When you fish in a national park, you become a steward of its mission to leave the area unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.


How to Fish in the Park
The Cuyahoga River and numerous ponds are open to fishing. CVNP's philosophy is to maintain the predator-prey relationship rather than to stock fish for recreational fishing.Catch-and-release fishing is encouraged to maintain the fish populations needed for continued sport fishing. The park has over 65 species of fish that live in its waters.

Fishing in the Cuyahoga River
Steelhead trout and bullhead can be caught in the Cuyahoga River. The Ohio Department of health has issued an advisory that recommends limiting your consumption of sport fish due to the river's poor water quality. Please heed this advice and enjoy your catch safely.

Fishing in the Lakes and Ponds
Bluegill, bass, and crappie can be caught in lakes and ponds in the park:

Armington Pond
On Quick Road between State Road and Akron Peninsula Road.

Brushwood Lake
On Townsend Road in Furnace Run Metro Park. This area is managed by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. Consult the park district for fishing rules or view regulations online.

Coonrad Farm Pond
On Riverview Road approximately 1/2 mile south of Snowville Road.

Goosefeather Pond
On Scobie Road, off Oak Hill Road, south of Major Road.

Horseshoe Pond
On Major Road, south of State Route 303 and about 1/2 mile west of Riverview Road.

Indigo Lake
On Riverview Road about four miles south of State Route 303.

Kendall Lake
On Truxell/ Kendall Park Road between Akron Cleveland Road and Akron Peninsula Road.

Sylvan and Meadowedge Ponds
Both reached by trails from the Oak Hill Trailhead located on Oak Hill Road, south of Major Road and north of Everett Road. There is a 3/4 mile walk from parking area.

Pond Assessibility
Distances from parking lots to ponds vary from less than one hundred yards to 3/4 mile. Paved paths and fishing platforms at Horseshoe Pond and Kendall Lake make those locations fully accessible to persons with physical disabilities.

Enjoy this relaxing past-time alone or with friends, but please obey the following rules and stay safe. We hope you get "hooked" for many years to come! All of the following regulations apply in CVNP, some are also statewide:

  • A fishing license is required in accordance with the laws and regulations of the State of Ohio. Park rangers can and do check fishing licenses.
  • Gas-powered vessels are prohibited. Non-motorized and electric-powered boats are permitted, but must display proper registration.
  • Fishing is prohibited from motor road bridges, from or within 200 feet of a public raft or float designated for water sports, or within the limits of locations designated as swimming beaches, surfing area, or public boat docks, except in designated areas.
  • Ice fishing is permitted on Kendall Lake when the ice depth reaches seven inches. This is not monitored so be extra careful when venturing onto the ice.
  • Taking bass from Kendall Lake between March 15 and May 31 is prohibited. Any bass caught in Kendall Lake during that time period must be immediately returned to the lake unharmed.
  • Possessing and consuming alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
  • No commercial fishing is allowed.
  • You may only fish by hook and line, with the rod or line closely attended.
  • Fishing by the use of drugs, poisons, explosives, or electricity is not allowed.
  • You may not possess or use as bait live or dead minnows or other bait fish, amphibians, nonpreserved fish eggs, or fish roe.
  • You may not use preserved or fresh fish eggs, fish roe, food, fish parts, chemicals, or other foreign substance in water for the purpose of leading or attracting fish intended to be taken, i.e. "chumming", as bait alone or with a lure.
  • Introducing fish or fish eggs into any federally owned waters is prohibited.
  • Digging for bait is prohibited.
  • Taking turtles and amphibians (including frogs) is prohibited.
  • You must carefully and immediately return to the water from which it was taken any fish which you do not wish to keep.

Visit our maps page to help find fishing spots.

Last updated: March 18, 2021

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