People who want to canoe or kayak the Cuyahoga River in Cuyahoga Valley National Park must bring their own equipment. The National Park Service does not maintain the river for recreational use. Paddle at your own risk. You are responsible for your own safety. Always be aware of your surroundings, the weather, and the water level. Know your equipment, limits, and skills. Don't paddle alone: let someone know your plans and when you expect to return.
Current Known Hazards
Permanent hazards are listed in the links for each river access point. Other hazards are common but change with the changing river conditions. We will post longer-term natural ones as information becomes available. 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.
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 and 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.
Respect the rights of landowners. Be aware that some of the land along the river is privately owned. Seek the owner's permission before using any private property.
Other Paddling Opportunities in the Park
Ponds within the park are open to paddlers. All canoes and kayaks must be properly registered. Motorized canoes and boats are not permitted on ponds.
Paddling Opportunities outside the Park
Visit the Cuyahoga River Water Trail website for more information about paddling outside the park.
Last updated: January 13, 2022