The theme for RIVER DAY 2020 is Inspire! This year's River Day is different. Life is different. The world is different. But the river flows on, and its story of restoration and recovery should inspire us to think of a time in the not-too-distant future when we'll all be able to get out and enjoy nature once again. You can still paddle the river, hike through park paths, or sit quietly in a forest and breathe in clean air (of course you'll put on your mask when people are around, right?) You can pick up litter in your neighborhood, plant trees, remove invasive plants. You can see how nature has inspired artists and photographers in the 
ART ON THE CUYAHOGA GALLERY (see the link above.) Seek adventure. Have fun. Be inspired.



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.)


and be entered to win an REI gift card.



See the Events by Time page for scheduled activities,
or make River Day 2020 your very own.

Remember to be COVID-19-SAFE if you're
part of a group - distance, mask, wash hands.


  • CLEAN UP A 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 A 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
  • 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. So you can be by the water even if you can't be on or in the water.

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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.


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