Kayaking Cuyahoga Valley National Park
My feet had never seen the inside of a kayak, and my only experience of the river was crossing it in a car on high-level freeway bridges. All canoes and kayaks must be properly registered. This map shows the Cuyahoga River in its entirety, with put-in locations for kayaks and canoes. Kayaking on Lake Erie gives you an opportunity to take in the breathtaking and serene beauty that is all around you.
Kayaking in Ohio
Geology, nature, Northeast Ohio? In the same sentence? Well, yeah. The river flows through a full spectrum of landscapes, from farms to acres of national park woodland to the angry steel furnaces and towering skyscrapers of downtown Cleveland.
I took a two-day paddle down the river with some friends in July And last but not least, I had a cracking good time and made some new friends. You can do it, too! Get Ready! Assess your physical fitness. Notice I said upper body endurance, not strength. Take a paddling course. My feet had never seen the inside of a kayak, and my only experience of the river was crossing it in a car on high-level freeway bridges. If that also describes you, you can rectify your ignorance the same way I did: By taking a one-day crash course.
These courses will teach you the basics of kayaking. After a few hours, though, your body and mind will start to adjust. Plan your trip. Hashing out the details of a trip — especially a longer, multi-day one — can be daunting. Before you go, ask yourself these questions: How much time do you want to spend? First, decide whether you want to take a day trip or stretch your expedition over several days.
Hint: A day trip is probably a better idea for beginners. See below, in camping. How much of the river can you cover? On my two-day trip, we averaged between 3 and 4 river-miles an hour, but your speed will vary according to your ability and the strength of the current. Where will you put in and take out? The river is accessible only at certain points. This map LINK is a good place to plan your starting and ending points for each leg of your trip.
Where are the damned dams? But you should also know where they are ahead of time in case you miss the signs. The Cuyahoga Falls and Brecksville dams are especially treacherous. How will you transport your kayaks to and from the river? You should also figure out the logistics of transporting your kayaks to and from the river.
Grab some kayaks and some friends. You should never ever ever ever kayak alone. So find some family or friends to go with you. Make sure at least one person in the group has some kayaking experience, so he or she can take the lead and scout ahead for obstacles. Try these sources. Gather equipment and supplies. Each part is different, alternating between high action and quiet lulls. Together, they unfold across a legible storyline — from chaotic, natural beginning to soaring urban climax.
Unlike a novel, though, the river is always changing. While each section has some permanent characteristics, each also evolves from day to day and year to year, according to such variables as water level, pollution and fallen trees. You might consider stringing together Kayaking Cuyahoga Valley National Park of these sections or just kayaking one, depending on how much time you have. Kent to Cuyahoga Falls 9 miles, 3 hours Past downtown Kent, the river takes some fun twists and turns, the water slip-sliding along at a fast clip.
Just north of town, it broadens and the current slows. At downtown Cuyahoga Falls are Class 4 and 5 rapids. Only advanced kayakers should attempt this section. You can put in again at Cascade Valley Park. Cuyahoga Falls Cascade Valley to Peninsula 13 miles, 4.
Boston to Brecksville 5 miles, 2 hours We skipped this section because we were worried about time needlessly, as it turned out — we arrived…
While each section has some permanent characteristics, each also evolves from day to day and year to year, according to such variables as water level, pollution and fallen trees. Other things they offer include horseback riding and organized trips like campground packages that friends, or family will enjoy. Everything in your kayak — including your person — is going to get wet. A high level of bacteria in the water can be a health hazard.