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Difficulty I-II+(III)
Length 0.9 Miles
Gauge Cuyahoga River at Old Portage OH
Flow Range 300 - 1200 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 40 minutes ago 169 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 02/11/2020 5:57 pm

River Description

  • Attention: The river passes below the Route 8 bridge on this section. There is a tunnel with Left & Right channels for passage under Route 8. In the middle of the tunnel there is a gap that connects the two channels. The entrance to the tunnel is renown for having dangerous strainers and log piles. !!Always approach with caution!! The right side channel is usually clear enough for passage.

The LeFever and Sheraton dams were removed in July-Aug 2013,  This link provides a nice overview of the demolition and the video is well worth watching.

Obviously, 200 years of being industrialized and covered by water will reveal "opportunities" for improvement.  These post dam removal/river restoration efforts will need to address debris management from past bridge construction activities to trash and material removal which could create on water hazards and prevent recreational usage. 

The City of Cuyahoga Falls has recently installed 2 new access points both located on river right.  The first is within Riverfront Park across from the Acme Store.  There is a fair amount of parking available.

The second access point is located just past the Portage Trail Bridge and is the last take out before the Class V Sheraton section.  


Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

In addition to the USGS gage, a recently painted (2016) gage is located on the existing structure for the former Sheraton dam.  The painted gage is being correlated to the USGS readings and is visible from the Broad Blvd bridge.

Directions Description

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New Hydro Project for Cuyahoga (OH)

Thomas O'Keefe

The Cuyahoga River, the river that burned, played a pivotal role in the birth of the nation's river conservation movement. While restoration gains have been significant, a proposal for a new hydropower project on a dam targeted for removal would represent a signficant setback in ongoing restoration efforts and would delay for at least half a century any effort to bring back the lost whitewater that sits buried behind the Ohio Edison Gorge Dam. Paddler participation at upcoming scoping meetings is important.

David Hill


Don H


Matt Muir


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1201040 02/15/12 David Hill n/a
1201041 02/15/12 David Hill
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1214297 02/11/20 Don H updated description
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1214298 02/11/20 Don H updated description
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1201399 06/14/12 Matt Muir Changed title for ordering; added abstract.
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