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The theme for RIVER DAY 2021 is Get Out! Over the past year+ we've all gotten a little stir crazy. When it turns out that the best and safest place to be, other than locked in a room alone, is the great outdoors, we say 'go for it!' – the great outdoors, that is. And where's the best of the outdoors? Our river, your river, any stream where you 
can paddle, hike or bike, or sit and breathe and listen to the babbling of a brook.
(Of course you'll put on your mask when people are around, right?) You can pick up litter in your neighborhood to keep it from washing into the nearest stream or clogging the storm drain. You can plant trees. You can pull weeds with a watershed group. You can find songs about rivers, or even just ones with "river" in their title or lyrics, and have a watery playlist for every day of the year. Moon River, Rollin' on the River, Roll on Big River, you get the idea.

JOIN A GROUP

 

  • HISTORY WALK ON WHISKEY ISLAND / Cleveland
    9:00 AM–11:00 AM:
    Enjoy the beauty of that special place where the Cuyahoga meets Lake Erie. Experience the calm of a summer morning and learn about the fascinating history of this place. See historic photos and hear about the struggle led by Ed Hauser to save this green space from becoming a gravel dock.
    Meet: Wendy Park sign, far side of parking lot, 2800 Whiskey Island,
    Cleveland 44102

 

  • CLEAN UP EUCLID CREEK
    EUCLID CREEK RESERVATION / South Euclid
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM:
    Join the Friends of Euclid Creek and Cleveland Metroparks at the Rear Quarry Picnic Area/Shelter, located near the Green Road entrance to the reservation.

 

  • LEARN TO FISH / ROCKEFELLER LAGOON / Cleveland
    10 AM - 12 PM or 1 PM - 3PM
    Join Doan Brook Watershed Partnership and Cleveland Metroparks Youth Outdoors and learn the basics of tackle, casting, fish ID, and how to clean and prepare your catch. Fish for stocked catfish and bluegill. Bring a rod or borrow one there. Bait will be provided.
    Register at https://doanbrookpartnership.org/fish

 

  • KEELHAULERS RIVERDAY CLEANUP on the water / Kent & Munroe Falls
    10  AM Boat Shuttles begin -

    Help clean up in, and near, the Cuyahoga River in Kent and Muroe Falls.
  • Meet at John Brown Tannery Park, Stow Street, Kent
  • Bring your own canoes/kayaks. Canoes are especially helpful for holding trash as we move down the river.
  • Trash bags will be provided. Work gloves, grabbers, or tongs recommended for picking up trash.
  • Access from shore will be limited. Shore removal is limited to public areas. All rules regarding private property and off-trail access in parks must be observed.
  • Children under 18 must have adult supervision.
  • CONTACT: Jacki Zevenbergen, KHCC Conservation Chairperson, jackizeven@gmail.com
  • Sponsored by Keelhaulers Canoe Club

 

  • CLEAN UP TINKER'S CREEK
    WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS STREAM CLEANUP / Warrensville Heights
    2:30 PM - 4:30 PM:
    Help clean up in, and next to, Tinkers Creek. Trash bags will be provided. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear work boots or old shoes you don't mind getting wet. We will be in a shallow creek. Long sleeves, slacks and work gloves are recommended. Children under 18 must have adult supervision.
  • Groups are encouraged to pre-register: online at
    https://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/events/2021/06/26/warrensville-heights-riverday-stream-cleanup-2021
    Meet at: Shaker Park Gardens Apartments, 4401 Northfield Road, Warrensville Heights, OH 44128
    Contact: Jacki Zevenbergen, Stormwater Education Program Manager at 216-524-6580 x1006 or jzevenbergen@cuyahogaswcd.org
    Sponsored by City of Warrensville Heights, Tinker's Creek Watershed Partners and Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District

 

HAVE A D-I-Y RIVER DAY

 

  • CLEAN UP YOUR OWN STREAM -
    There are small trickles and large creeks everywhere in Northeast Ohio. Find one close to your home, pack trash bags and gloves, and pick up litter along the banks. If you're kayaking or canoeing take a trash bag with you and corral floating stuff.
  • CLEAN UP YOUR STREET - The litter on all streets everywhere, and parking lots, too, eventually winds up going into a storm drain and then into a creek or river or Lake Erie...but if you clean your street, you'll be cleaning a stream.
  • HEAD TO THE WATER -
    • Walk and Wade: There are many streams and creeks to wade in, or just sit beside and enjoy the sights and sounds of water going by. One of our favorite places to wade is in Furnace Run at the Everett Covered Bridge in the national park.
    • See a waterfall at Brandywine Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park,
      or Mill Creek Falls in the Cleveland Metroparks Garfield Park Reservation.
    • Float or paddle: Be part of the river. Check out the Cuyahoga River Water Trail site for maps of put-in and take-out access points, or look here for outfitters to help you get on the water.
  • GO FISH! - There are lots of places to fish - Lake Erie, all along the Cuyahoga, Rocky, or Chagrin Rivers, and little lakes and ponds in parks. You can get a fishing license right away and learn a ton of helpful information online at https://ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/gov/odnr-core/divisions/wildlife/div-wildlife/div-wildlife
  • TAKE A HIKE - Get out and hike the Towpath Trail. It runs along the Cuyahoga most of the way from Cleveland to Akron along the Ohio & Erie Canal.

 

OR...DO A VIRTUAL RIVER DAY

  • EXPLORE BIG CREEK VIRTUALLY on a tour of the abandoned channel of Big Creek known as the Brooklyn Oxbow.  The tour guides are Bob Gardin, executive director of Big Creek Connects and Roy Larick, PhD, from Bluestone.  This video shows and explains the history of this area known as the "Kingdom".  The geologic formations, cliffs and outcroppings of Cleveland and Chagrin Shale are explored; the rare Maple-Oak-Sasafras-Ash forest are examined; and the need to protect this rare piece of land in the middle of the city from invasive species such as Japanese Knotweed is explained.
  • SEE THE RIVER RUN WHERE THE CANAL DIVERSION DAM USED TO BE. The lowhead dam by the Station Road depot in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is almost totally gone.
  • LOOK, LISTEN, AND LEARN ABOUT THE GORGE DAM, the last barrier to fish (and people) in the Cuyahoga River Area of Concern (AOC.)

 

WITH THE SUPPORT OF OUR
PARTNERS AND
GENEROUS SPONSORS:

River Day is presented by Cuyahoga River Restoration, a 501c3 nonprofit organization (aka Cuyahoga River Community Planning,) whose mission is to restore, revitalize, and protect the Cuyahoga River Watershed and nearshore Lake Erie.

 

You can learn more about our programs at cuyahogariver.org.