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Kayaking on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland; Seeing Cleveland Differently


Whiskey Island

I have lived in Cleveland, Ohio for a good portion of my life. I have been to the Flatts, an area along the Cuyahoga River, that has many restaurants a bars. I have driven over the cuyahoga river on the many bridges leading into Downtown Cleveland. I have also walked along the river. However, this summer, I have experienced the Cuyahoga River from a new view. I became the proud owner of a kayak and I am happy to live along the North Coast. I live just a hop, skip and a paddle near many launching sites.

Kayaking on the Cuyahoga River

Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio

One of my favorite places to launch is at Whiskey Island, It is near Wendy Park. Both propertiesare owned by the Cleveland Metroparks.  You will be paddling for a small distance on Lake Erie, but you will soon make it to the  Cuyahoga River. If you are lucky, the bridges that the trains use will be down and only small water rafts will be able to pass under.   The end of the river can be very busy with large container ships , motorboats of all sizes, and human  powered vessels such as kayaks, rowing teams, and stand up paddle boarders.

Under the shoreway bridge

I love paddling under the many bridges that move once a large ship requests that it passes through. There is art and sculptures I have  Never seen before along the shore of the river. I you can make it out earlier in the morning, the calmness of the water is peaceful and serene. On the other hand, there will be many boaters, music, and crowds enjoying the river and the surrounding flats as the day goes on. It is a beautiful, calm, and should be experienced. Don’t have your own kayak?  Consider renting one. Places like Great Lakes Water Sports have rentals right in the flats. Check to see what time of year it is. Right now with fall almost here, they are only on the weekend.  There is still time to get your paddles out and enjoy your own kayaking adventure.

25 thoughts on “Kayaking on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland; Seeing Cleveland Differently

  1. Felicia

    Wow! This is not what I imagined Cleveland looked like. This looks like a really funny activity and a good way to explore

    1. Loresa Novy

      Yes, I saw parts of the city I never saw before. I like biking and kayak tours as they allow you to see your surroundings instead of rushing through.

    1. Loresa Novy

      If you go early, it is quiet. However, if you go on the Cuyahoga River in the afternoon, it is busy with boat traffic and people enjoying local bars and restaurants. It is very fun for people watching. Where is your favorite place to go in Finland?

  2. umiko buhl

    Sounds like a fun activity on a summer morning. I’ve never been to Cleveland, but I would like to do the kayaking. Btw, would you make your images in full size so visitors to your blog post could see it clearly?

  3. James Harvey

    This was great to read. I will have to keep this bookmarked and saved within my browser. My wife and i are planning a kayak adventure soon. Seeing how much you enjoyed yours is making us even more anxious to go. Not sure where we are going at the moment though. This will be our first time do you have any recommendations? We are located in Florida.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi James!  I am so happy to hear that you and your wife will try kayaking.  First, I would stay away from the Everglades

  4. Sanket

    This sounds so adventurous and so much fun. Firstly the kayak and the river both look stunning, and also congratulations on owing the kayak.
    It must be a different experience seeing the city you live in from a point where very people people go, add to that the thrill of being under the bridges, near the large container ships. It surely is worth a adventure trip from time to time. Looking forward for more adventure from you

    1. admin Post author

      Thank you Sanket. Yes, the views were spectacular and thrilling especially when the container ships go by.

    1. Loresa Novy

      Yes, there is a technique to paddling. I am glad you got to enjoy yourself after you got the hand of it. If you are interested in improving your kayaking skills, check to see if there are classes near you. I took a full day course through the Cleveland Metroparks at Hinkley Lake. It was a great class and I learned lots of techniques.

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