Waste Weir

A grey-haired woman in a raincoat stands before a graphic panel along an unpaved trail.
The “Mud and Muskrats” panel describes the challenges of maintaining the canal.

NPS / Arrye Rosser

Quick Facts

Audio Description, Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Wheelchair Accessible

Unlike the nearby Cuyahoga River, the Ohio & Erie Canal was kept at a depth of four feet. Shortly after construction, engineers realized the many challenges of maintaining this consistent water level. More water or less water always seemed to be needed. To reduce flood damage, they built waste weirs such as this one to spill excess water into a channel to the river. To learn more, read the trailside panel.