With the success of the photos from the 2017 Cuyahoga Falls Kayak races we decided to make a return visit. The action didn’t disappoint.
It seems as though many more flipped this year.
Or got spun around and went down some backwards.
Some however went over the rapids spectacularly.
A strange sight is the effort to go from the rocks to the water with a maneuver known as a Seal Move.
The close up’s were even more impressive. It was a cold, wet day but well worth it.
The Detroit-Superior Bridge in Cleveland (so named because it connects Detroit Avenue on the West Side with Superior Avenue downtown) was opened in 1918. While renamed a few years ago to the Veterans Memorial Bridge, to most it is still the Detroit-Superior Bridge.
When it was opened in 1918 it had streetcars running on the lower level with the cars, buses and trucks on the upper level. (photo below is from about 100 different internet sites). When the streetcars stopped running in the 1950s, the lower level was closed off.
Every once in a while the Cuyahoga County Engineers Office will open the lower level for tours. With the last tour 4 years ago the open house this year was very popular, with an estimated 10,000 people checking it out.
The outer walkways were only partially open.
The steel frame allows views down to the river, almost 200 feet below.
On the west side, the abandoned West 25th Street subway station was open.
There have been numerous proposals for use, including bike/pedestrian trails, etc.
Cleveland is a major port on Lake Erie, with most of the large commercial ore boats traversing the narrow, crooked Cuyahoga River. There is however a port at the entrance to the river, as well as an old Art Deco Coast Guard station, all with great views of the river, lake and city.
A marina on Whiskey Island (actually a peninsula) is home to the tug boat fleet, as well as some pleasure boats.
The vacant coast guard station is a beautiful art deco building that the city is now restoring.
The harbor lighthouse leads out from the safe waters behind the breakwater to the often turbulent water of Lake Erie.
The mix of huge ore boats and small sailboats is interesting.
An amazing collection of bridges cross the Cuyahoga, some are small lift bridges (the foreground is a lift bridge for the railroad), as well as high level bridges.
The harbor crane with a background of a downtown skyscraper.
The Cuyahoga River wanders for almost 90 miles around northeast Ohio, ending up (in a straight line) less than 20 from where it starts. While mostly known for it’s industrial portion in Cleveland, much of the path it is a small wild river.
The town of Cuyahoga Falls, near Akron, is the site of a waterfalls (hence the name) that had been rendered non existent for 100 years from dams. Those dams were recently removed, returning the river to it’s natural state, including an impressive waterfalls.
For the second year this portion of the river featured kayak racing. A Sheraton Hotel is situated at the falls, and the view from the balconies of the falls and action was spectacular.
The entire event seemed well organized, with safety being foremost. The local fire department rescue team provided support, as well as the race organizations staff.
The kayakers had a series of white water rapids to run through before going over a couple of fairly large (possibly 10′ high) waterfalls.
Many of them flipped during this portion, but nearly everyone was able to flip themselves back over.
This is a great event, and really showcases the river nicely, as well as the city of Cuyahoga Falls.
We are looking forward to returning in 2018.