The City of Kent’s river access project work fits in very nicely with a new region-wide Cuyahoga River Water Trail initiative that is being discussed by the local Keelhauler’s Club. They are currently exploring the idea of a proposed River Trail that would showcase the river recreational opportunities and promote greater usage of one of our region’s most prized — and perhaps most underutilized natural asset. The goal of the Cuhagoa River Water Trail project is to provide a single source (portal) for information on the river sections as it runs throughout its 100-mile length.
While there are many sections to the Cuyahoga, the Keelhauler’s Club have identified the following sections for promotional purposes:
· Wilderness section – West Branch from SR 322 to Russell Park
· State Scenic River section – SR 87 to SR 303
· Kent Restoration section – Downstream of Lake Rockwell to Waterworks Park
· Expert section – Waterworks Park to Cascade Valley Park (Cuyahoga St)
· Merriman Valley section – Cuyahoga St to Bath Road
· Cuyahoga National Park section – Bath Road to Rockside Road
· Lower river section – Rockside to Lake Erie
Being included in a high profile, region-wide campaign, among canoeists and kayakers is exactly the kind of coordinated effort that we think will attract more visitors to Kent, and once we get them here to enjoy our river, we hope they’ll enjoy our pubs and eateries too.