CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio – Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz designated the Cuyahoga River Water Trail as Ohio’s 13th state water trail today in a public ceremony at Water Works Park in Cuyahoga Falls. The trail’s designation coincides with the 50th anniversary of the last burning of the river.
The event celebrated years of work by the Cuyahoga River Water Trail Partners, a grassroots collaboration of more than 25 organizations, agencies, and communities, to develop the trail, which spans the entire length of the river.
“This trail runs through the heart of northeast Ohio and offers spectacular experiences and views across the region,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “ODNR is proud to be a partner in this milestone moment for the Cuyahoga River and its ongoing story.”
A water trail is a stretch of waterway that has been identified as a recreational resource with maps, signage, and informational resources that show official access points, amenities, and safety information. Water trails promote public use of waterways and create educational, recreational, and environmentally rewarding opportunities for paddlers and others. These trails support tourism and encourage conservation and stewardship.
Ohio’s diverse system of water trails is statewide and includes the Great Miami, Kokosing, Mahoning, Maumee, Muskingum and Olentangy rivers. These water trails pass through a variety of surroundings including natural, rural, suburban, and urban areas. Information about state water trails can be found at watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/watertrails.