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.
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.
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.