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Help Make the Cuyahoga River an Ohio Water Trail

The Cuyahoga River is a symbol of efforts to clean up America’s waterways.

Famous for catching fire, the Cuyahoga is now sparking excitement. Wildlife and people are returning. The proposed Cuyahoga River Water Trail will take advantage of new opportunities and create the lasting legacy of the rejuvenation of the Cuyahoga River.

Together, we will:

  • Increase public access to and along the Cuyahoga River for all people.
  • Share resources to create better and safer experiences for visitors.
  • Enjoy the health and beauty of the Cuyahoga River.
  • Boost tourism and economic development in nearby communities.

What is a water trail?

A water trail is a marked route for recreation on navigable waterways such as rivers, lakes, canals, and coastlines.

How to get involved?

Write a letter of support. Attend a public meeting. Pass a city or township resolution. Spread the word.

Where is the trail?

The Cuyahoga River flows in a unique U-shape ( View Draft Map) through four Northeast Ohio counties to Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland. The five water trail segments offer diverse paddling experiences.

How do I get involved?

Many organizations and agencies have been meeting since February 2011 to develop the Cuyahoga River Water Trail. Please help us achieve official designation as part of the Ohio Water Trails Program.

To show community support, you can:

  • Attend events and programs to support the water trail.

Cuyahoga River Water Trail

Click to view interactive map 

Upcoming events

TORCH FEST – City of Kent
June 20
4 p.m.

Downtown Kent
Main Street Bridge by 
Franklin Mills Riveredge Park
Kent, OH

TORCH FEST – City of Cuyahoga Falls
June 21
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Waterworks Park
“Peninsula Pavilion”
2025 Munroe Falls Ave.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH

TORCH FEST – City of Akron/Cascade Valley Metro Park
June 21
10  a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cascade Valley Metro Park 
Akron, OH 44313

TORCH FEST – Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP)
June 21
2:30 p.m. 

Station Road Bridge Trailhead, CVNP
13513 Station Rd. 
Brecksville, OH 44141

Managing Partners

  • City of Akron
  • City of Cuyahoga Falls
  • City of Kent
  • Cleveland Metroparks
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Geauga Park District
  • Mantua Village
  • Portage Park District
  • Summit Metro Parks
  • Village of Silver Lake

Stakeholder Partners

  • American Canoe Association
  • American Whitewater
  • Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Cuyahoga River Restoration
  • Friends of the Crooked River
  • Friends of the Gorge
  • Keelhaulers Canoe Club
  • Kent State University Recreation Services
  • National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Scenic Rivers Program
  • Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Share the River
  • The Trust for Public Land
  • West Creek Conservancy