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Cuyahoga River, Eldon Russell Park near Welshfield OH USA

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Our Route Summary

  • Submitted by: Al Vazquez
  • Date Submitted: 6/99
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  • Location: northwest of Welshfield and south of Burton OH near Troy township
  • Class: Typically flat water river
  • Distance Paddled: 2.6 miles one way to the exit or you may do a round trip easily if there is little current
  • Water: fresh
  • Wildlife: Many blooming water lilies, herons, ducks, frogs, fish, beaver, muskrat


  • Directions: Eldon Russell Park is located on the east side of Rapids Road 2.5 miles north of Route 422. Rapids Road is just west of Route 700 on Route 422 west of Welshfield OH or east of Route 44. Rapids Road is also just west of the Cuyahoga River Route 422 bridge and the Green River Tavern which is the exit point for this paddle. On entering the park, follow the road all the way east to Horwath's Landing at the river.
  • GPS: N 41 deg 25.565' W 081 deg 09.362'
  • Fee: none
  • Description: unpaved river landing
  • Parking: Adjacent, unpaved
  • Facilities: Restrooms, covered picnic tables, grills, water pump, hiking trail


  • Directions: The Green River Tavern is in Troy Township just west of Route 700 on Route 422 west of Welshfield OH or east of Route 44 at the Route 422 bridge over the river. The tavern has a floating dock just before the bridge over the river.
  • Telephone: 440-834-4337
  • GPS: N 41 deg 23.256' W 081 deg 09.457'
  • Fee: $2 per person to launch there
  • Description: floating dock at the tavern or an unpaved landing just beyond (west of the bridge)
  • Parking: Adjacent, paved
  • Facilities: Restrooms, tavern

What We Saw

Eldon Russell Park is a 132 acre gem that provided the first public access to the Upper Cuyahoga in Geuga County. In 1902, the Eastern Traction Company ran a railroad from Chagrin Falls to Garrettsville. Remnants of the line, abandoned in 1941, remain visible within the park.

The Cuyahoga is a state designated scenic river and this stretch proves the point. There are a variety of blooming water plants and wildflowers along the route.

We heard frogs and other wetland dwellers all along the route.

It's also possible to paddle west along the river to Hiram, but we left that for another day.